In my previous post, I shared some Ways to minimize your WordPress Site Resource Consumption. When this has been done, you may also want to enhance the user experience by improving the loading speed of your site. No matter how nicely designed a website is, if it takes so much time to load, users may not have a very good experience with it. This post discusses five different ways you can possibly achieve that.
- P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler): When the speed of your site is slow especially as the number of installed plugins increase, it can be quite challenging to figure out the exact plugin that is consuming your site’s resource. By using the P3 plugin, you can figure out the exact plugin(s) that may be causing the slowness on your site.
- Minifying JS, CSS and HTML: A good Minifying plugin could help save bandwidth and increase the speed of your site by aggregating and minimizing JS, CSS and HTML . This can be very effective when used with a caching-plugin. You could review some of the available WordPress minifying plugins and select the one that is best suitable for you.
- Image Optimizing: When the size of the images in a site is not well optimized (resized), it may negatively impact the speed of your site. There are some WordPress image optimizing plugins that can be used to achieve this. The one that I have used is the EWWW Image Optimizer. It will be a best choice for bloggers or site owners with many images on their site because it has bulk image optimizing option. This option can be used to automatically optimize all the previously uploaded images.
- Leverage Caching Plugin: Sites with little or no traffic may not see the need of using a caching plugin. But as traffic to a site increases, the efficiency of its server reduces especially if it is on shared hosting. The purpose of caching is to store dynamically generated data (contents) in a static format so it can be retrieved again without further processing. This is a helpful way to speed up the performance of your server.
- Page Speed Test: To get a broader speed analysis of your website after utilizing the discussed plugins, you may also want to leverage any of the page speed insight resources available online. The two commonly used ones are the PageSpeed Insights and the GTmetrix. With any of these resources, you can get the speed performance of your site and also possible recommendations for your site’s speed improvement.