The recent core updates released by Google made it known to webmasters that a page or website speed becomes one of the major ranking factors in 2020. According to the core-updates, a page load speed should not be more than 2 or 3 seconds.
Thinking of easy ways to increase your page websites? here is a list of 10 easy ways to speed up your WordPress website performance.
1. Choose a better web-hosting provider.
One of the major factors that influence the speed of a website is the hosting provider of a WordPress website.
While a lot of people assumes that it’s not a bad idea to host a new website on a shared hosting provider, research has shown that a shared hosting environment fails to deliver good loading times on high traffic hours and most fail to provide 99 per cent uptime in any given month.
Therefore, ensure to host your website on a good hosting platform with a clean slate.
2. Prioritise using a lightweight WordPress theme or framework
Use lightweight themes. Always remember that if you use too many elements and higher page size, it will cause your website to take a longer time to load.
3. Reduce your image size
Images are the major contributors to size increment of a given webpage. The trick is to reduce the size of the images without compromising on the quality.
If you manually optimize the images using Chrome PageSpeed Insights extension or Photoshop or any other tools, the process will take a long time. Fortunately, there are plugins available for just about everything you can think of, including image optimization. The ones worth mentioning are:
- WP Smush
- EWWW Image Optimizer
4. Minimise JS and CSS files
Minimizing the size of your CSS and JS files. What this means is that by reducing the number of CSS and JS calls and the size of those files, you can improve the site loading speed.
Some plugins will help you achieve this goal; the most popular being the Autoptimize that can help in optimizing CSS, JS and even HTML of your WordPress website.
5. Uninstall unused plugins
Having unwanted plugins on WordPress websites contributes a tremendous amount of junk to web files.
it will also increase the size of the backup and put an overwhelming amount of load on server resources while backup files are being generated. It is better to get rid of the plugins that are not used and also look for alternate methods to use third-party services for automating or scheduling tasks.