WordPress is used by 39% of the websites on the Internet (W3Techs). It is widely used by freelancers and agencies, due to it's large community for documentation, support, and plug-ins of cause. Nonetheless, WordPress website can be slow sometimes. Here is a short guide with 5 actionable steps for you to speed up your WordPress site.
1. Disable unnecessary plugins
Plugin is the best thing about WordPress. You can get that extra functionality you need by simply install a plugin. The downside is there might be some unnecessary plugins activated in your WordPress. They could come from you testing out different plugins and forgot to delete them.
To deactivate a plugin is simple. Go to the WordPress admin panel, navigate to the plugin section, then click 'Deactivate' below the plugin that is no longer needed.
2. Optimize your image (by resizing and compression)
Having multimedia content is crucial in today's website. But often times we might just upload images directly to our websites. Without proper resizing and optimizing, the image size is usually large. Those images adds up the loading speed to your website. As such, resize and optimize your image before uploading your images.
3. Install caching plugin
With the help of plugin, WordPress is capable of serving static, cached content to clients. With the help of WP Super Cache, your website can serve as static html file, which doesn't need to be rendered by the server. As a result your website will load faster to your customers.
4. Install Jetpack plugin / use a CDN
Static content like images and videos can be served through CDN. If you prefer a free and simple solution, you can install Jetpack, a plugin by Automatic. It has a free tier which provides free CDN service for your WordPress website. By using a CDN, your images and other static assets will load faster.
5. Get a better hosting
After working on the steps above, your WordPress website should be faster than before. But sometimes your WordPress could be coupled with tons of 'necessary' plugins that is responsible for the appearance or functionality of your site. Or simply you just don't mess things up. You can always find someone to optimize your website for you. Have a quick chat with us if you need help optimizing your website.
If the aforementioned steps fails you, you might need to consult a developer or agency for help on optimizing your WordPress website. Your situation might be a more complicated. Anyway, hope the above guide can help you.