Speed has a lot to do with optimizing your site’s performance because everyone nowadays likes things fast; fast connection, fast loading pages, fast file downloads, fast web browsing, fast everything. So if you have a WordPress site that’s slower than ancient dial up connection then your site’s traffic and search engine ranking may inevitably decline. The following are 7 ways you can speed up your WordPress site’s performance.

1 Install WP Super Cache with GZIP enable.

Installing WP Super Cache is an easy and efficient way to speed up the performance of your site by generating static HTML files from your WordPress blog. When installing this plugin you want to enable the following option settings:

  • PHP caching
  • Compress pages
  • Don’t cache pages for known users
  • Cache rebuild
  • CDN support
  • Extra homepage checks

If you are having a hard time enabling GZIP, then you can add the following code to your functions.php; GZIP

function enable_gzip(){

<?php if(substr_count($_SERVER[‘HTTP_ACCEPT_ENCODING’],’gzip’)) ob_start(“ob_gzhandler”); else ob_start() ?>

}

2 Move .htaccess directives to your server configuration.

Do this only if it’s possible then disable .htaccess parsing. This can be done many ways depending on how complex your directives in your .htaccess are. Be sure to test your site thoroughly before you solidify any changes in your production server.

3 Combine CSS files into one big CSS file.

This reduces the number of HTTP requests made by a browser which increases the speed of the browser’s performance. This can also be applied to JavaScript which is ideally loaded in the footer.

 

4 Use CSS sprites.

If you haven’t heard of them CSS sprites reduce the amount of requests done on the server which can result in the faster loading time of data. Clarify with your developer if you’re not familiar with this.

5 Add a PHP opcode cache.

This option reduces the time it takes to generate a page. A few examples of opcode caches are:

  • APC
  • eAccelerator
  • XCache

Choose whatever options you like, but just be sure to pick one.

6 Terminate some plugins.

Plugins are constantly being updated and new ones are continuously being developed. Be sure that your plugins are always up to date and relevant with your site’s needs. Once you do this replace them with similar ones that perform more optimally, unless of course you find that you no longer need a particular plugin.

7 Switch to a better hosting site.

If you’re not 100% satisfied with your current web host, then there are plenty other options to explore. Choose one that’ll work best with your site’s needs and fits your budget. Here is a list of some of the top web hosting site available:

  • HostGator
  • JustHost
  • iPage
  • HostMonster
  • BlueHost
  • Hub
  • FatCow

Switching hosting services can very well improve you’re the speed of your site. Applying these quick and easy tips will not only improve the speed of your site in regards to loading and overall performance, but it also has the potential of improving other variables such as traffic and page rank for your WordPress site.