5 ways to speed up your blog
No one likes to wait for a website to load so it’s important to ensure your blog is running at optimum speed. If your blog is slow it can set the wrong impression or even cause some visitors to navigate away from it, even if your blog contains some really interesting information.
There are many things you can do to speed up your blogs loading time and today I want to share my top 5 methods to increase your blogs speed.
1) Avoid using too many pictures
Pictures are downloaded to the visitors computer when they load your page which means having many HD pictures on your blog will increase the time required to load your page. Generally, a couple of pictures on a page will not cause any problems but you can still take measures to ensure the page loads even quicker. You can compress images, which loose a little bit of quality, so they are smaller in size. A popular file extension on the web is .JPEG and them files will mostly load quicker than a full HD bitmap file.
2) Take it easy with the plugins
Plugins can be very resource intensive and are a major cause of slow loading blogs. If you are a big fan of plugins it can be worth disabling the ones which are not crucial (or important) to your blog. All plugins require some form of resource on the web server and if your blog is filled with them it can slow it down considerably especially if you are on a shared server.
3) Host your blog in a location closer to your visitors
Your websites location can be fairly important. For example, if you mostly get visitors from Europe it may be worth getting hosting within Europe so your visitors can get faster loading speeds.
4) Use a WordPress caching plugin
WordPress caching plugins are mostly designed to optimize the performance and speed of your blog. There are many to choose from such as W3 Total Cache and WP Super Cache. A caching plugin could increase your blogs speed by a considerable amount and is often worth it if you are looking to reduce your loading time.
5) Delete spam comments often
Keeping thousands of spam comments in your database could impact your blogs speed. Regularly empty your trash and spam folder to ensure that the database is not carrying unneeded comments.
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