How to speed up Wordpress?
Feb. 24, 2019, 5:06 p.m.
The main influence on the speed was made by such factors as changing hosting with the use of SSD drives, image optimization, enabling the W3 Total Cache caching plugin, optimizing the site database, deleting old revisions, enabling server-side file compression, turning on the browser cache. This is followed by an instruction on speeding up a WordPress site.
Full instructions on how to speed up a WordPress site.
- High-quality SSD hosting, fast ping
Hosting must be on SSD drives. It is desirable that the hosting server located in your geographical area, which is focused on the site. If the hosting is on SSD, but in the USA, and your blog is focused on Russia and the CIS countries, then there will be little sense from such an SSD. Since it will go a long ping to communicate with the server. Therefore, the location of the hosting center is also important. This is an important hosting option - fast ping, server response. And so the hoster does not do overselling services.
- Optimize images
Check whether you are using jpg-optimized image files. Which occupy a small size and at the same time have good quality. In Photoshop, you can save such images with the Save for Web command (Ctrl + Shift + Alt + S), or via the export, assets function if you use Photoshop CC. You should not save large opaque pictures in .png format, it takes up too much space, and for this, it is better to use jpeg format. The png format is suitable for small graphics that are used in the design of the site, in the template, it can be images of buttons, bullets, images with a transparent background.
- Configure Robots.txt - a ban on indexing unnecessary sites.
The robots.txt file regulates the access of various search robots to the pages of the site. I suggest adding the following lines to the file, immediately before the Host directive. We will do this in order to prohibit the site from entering various search robots, grabbers and parsers that can steal content and create an unnecessary burden on the hosting.