*quick note before we start*
Believe it or not, this is actually published post 100! I can’t believe I have written so many posts on my blog. I still have 2 in draft, so that makes it 102 but that doesn’t count.
I would like to thank everyone for reading my blog and all the comments and support given.
Let’s move on.
When it comes to being professional and having a professional blog, speed is essential.
Imagine this – If the load time of your blog or any website which you visit is slow, and I mean 1995 10kbps slow (10kbps is very slow). then you are going to ‘X’ out and not even bother looking.
Not everyone is a patient person, we expect things done yesterday. I myself do have tolerance, but when it comes to websites loading I don’t have all day and I guess you don’t either.
This is why we need speed. Or at least to speed our blogs up enough to keep the impatient people interested, and Google happy.
I have been looking onto WordPress and some ways to help speed up your blog and make it that little bit faster. Fortunately for people who use the WordPress, the speed issue is mostly done for you. A quick pat on the back for WordPress.
There are a few changes you can make to help speed up your WordPress blog, and below I have listed 6 ways in which you can do just that.
In short the more plugins you use, the more code your browser has to look at. This can slow your website load time down.
To combat this, remove any plugins that you don’t necessarily need.
2. Re-size and optimize images – Yeah WordPress does re-size the images for you but this is no comparison to resizing the images yourself in the first place.
There are lots of free tools which you can use such as Gimp which can re-size and reduce the file size of your images before you upload them. I also recommend you use an online image optimizer tool, like Image Optimizer which also works very well. All you have to do is upload the image the Image Optimizer will reduce the file size for you.
3. Use a caching plugin – There are a few caching plugins that you can use to speed up your blog. I use a plugin called W3 Total Cache. It is quite easy to setup the basic cache options. You can also attach your site to a Content Delivery Network (CDN) with this plugin which is very helpful.
Some other caching plugins you can also use are:
- Hyper cache
- WP Super Cache
- WP Widget Cache
- DB Cache
The guys over at Tutorial 9 have written a nice in-depth post about caching, if you would like to read more about it.
4. Use a CDN – CDN stands for Content Delivery Network. It basically allows you to upload certain files from your website to a secure faster server. This allows your website to load faster from an alternative location placing less load on your own server.
5. Use a premium theme – It’s not always a good idea to use a free theme on your blog. If you are serious about your blog, then I would recommend a premium theme such as Thesis (My Theme) or Genesis. These themes are optimised for better performance with well constructed code. You are not always going to get the best from a free theme.
6. Use a good hosting company – Do your research when it comes to hosting. The last thing you need is a poor server running your blog. It’s always a good idea to use a reputable company for running your websites. Check out the likes of Blue Host, 1and1 (UK Only) and Go Daddy. These are very good hosting services to use.
By using these 6 options above you can speed up your blog very easily. It is important that your blog loads faster to keep interaction, blog popularity and also friendly with the Google search rankings.
Have you used any of the above methods?
I know there are many methods you can use to speed up your blog which I haven’t covered in this post. Which ones do you use?