How To Speed Up Your WordPress Site and Reduce Resource Usage : A lot of people go a bit overboard when they put together their WordPress sites… which can have undesirable effects on hosting fees. The WordPress community tends to perpetuate the myth that every new WordPress admin ought to shoehorn as many apps and plugins into their website as they possibly can. While this is a wonderful way to experience the power of WordPress, it often does more harm than good. You as the admin end up paying more, and your users are faced with a slow-loading site. The more popular your blog gets, the worse the problem is!
Speed Up WordPress Blog and Reduce Resource Usage
As load time is added as a ranking factor by Google, So it became more essential to have a blazing fast site. My blog gets 10,000 unique views a day… and it’s hosted on a shared server. Many people used to bloated WordPress installs would say that’s impossible. Let me give you some tips that will let you turn your site from a resource-gobbler into a resource-saver.
1) Drop the “Related Posts” Plugin
The Related Posts plugin is one of the worst resource hogs around. Every time someone loads your page, this plugin searches through every different tag in every single post… and then processes them all through an algorithm to look for related material. For a large blog with hundreds or thousands of posts, this puts a huge strain on your web server.
I didn’t discover this one until recently, but it’s made a big difference. Turning off Related Posts has improved my blog’s reliability by a factor of 10 or more.
Do the same to the rest of your unnecessary plugins. There’s no need for popular post plugins or Facebook recommendation widgets — they don’t bring in as much traffic as you might think.
2) Do Your Homework Before Installing SEO Plugins
SEOPressor and the like can be useful, but in my experience they aren’t worth the added load on server resources. A generic SEO plugin like Genesis will do what you need without loading down your server. In this day and age, high quality content that spreads gets you more than sophisticated SEO… and having a fast loading page helps your content spread.
3) Pick Your Theme Carefully
Just like with SEO plugins, do a little research before you pick your theme. A theme that looks great but processes very slowly (maybe because it’s buggy) is only going to cause you pain over the long term. Running a successful site with a tiny budget means paying attention to efficiency. Try and find a lighter theme if your current one seems heavy and sluggish when you load the page.
4) Update WordPress
WordPress updates fix a lot of bugs, and bugs can cost you a lot in terms of efficiency. Yes, some updates can mess with your settings, but if your plugin setup is efficient then it shouldn’t be too much of a problem. Plugins also should be updated when updates are available.
5) Use W3 Caching!
W3 Total Cache plugin saved me from needing a server upgrade. W3 caches make it possible to load pages from a single cache instead of from a few visits to your server’s MySQL database. Caching both reduces page loading time and cuts the number of requests to your database per visitor. The downside is security — your data isn’t quite as secure before. If that’s a concern, do your research.
These five tips will go a long way to minimizing resource use in your WordPress install. Put them to work for you, and you’ll keep your hosting costs low and your websites loading fast. Let me know If you have any other way to Speed Up WordPress Site and Reduce Resource Usage.