How To Speed Up Your Website

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Need help to speed up your website?

The worst thing that can happen when someone visits your website is that your images and other contents take forever to load. It’s frustrating and it repels visitors. If your website takes more than 10 seconds to load, it’s slow and it’s time to speed it up so that people stick around or come back.

There are a couple of simple steps you can take to avoid this tech monster. Today I am sharing 5 that you can apply now.

  1. Delete Outdated and Non-Essential Plugins

    If you’re not using a plugin, keeping it around is using extra space on your server which can slow down your website. Outdated plugins can interfere with other plugins or worse break your website when you do a simple update. Make sure you delete them completely.

  2. Use The Latest Version of WordPress

    Using the latest version of WordPress can speed up your website and keep it safe.  Hackers use a backdoor technique where they access outdated WordPress version or plugins.  They install malicious codes and do whatever they want on your website without your knowledge.

  3. Speed Up Your Website Reducing Image Size

    When you buy stock images, they may look small but they actually take a lot of disk space if you don’t optimize them. Optimizing your image is reducing its size so that it takes less space and loads faster.   There is a free app called ImageOptim you can download on your computer that will help you reduce your image size.  You’ll simply drag and drop the images.

  4. Do Not Store Your Videos On Your Website

    Loading videos directly to your WordPress media folder will eventually slow down your website a lot.  It’s best to use  video hosting services like YouTube or Vimeo and embed the video codes on your website.

  5. Install a Cache Plugin

    A cache plugin helps reduce the size of your pages by compressing them before your browser renders the pages to your visitors.  Your pages load faster and your visitor’s experience is highly improved. An effective and FREE cache plugin that’s been around for years you can use is W3 Total Cache check it out!

You have your homework for this week. Don’t delay taking those steps.  They will save you time, money and a whole lot of frustrations.

Until next time,

Webly

Comments(21)

  • August 18, 2016, 4:35 pm  Reply

    Great content! These simple steps will be so helpful. I also find when I am watching a video if the person doesn’t get to the point right away I move on.

  • August 18, 2016, 5:59 pm  Reply

    Great article Webly! It prompted me to delete a couple of plugins I frankly forgot to delete. I’ll check out your video about the caching plugin as well.

    • Webly
      August 18, 2016, 9:20 pm

      That’s great Jennifer. Glad you took action right away.

  • August 18, 2016, 7:05 pm  Reply

    I’m in the process of optimizing my photos. I’ll have to check with my web designer about the plugins. I don’t want to delete anything that’s crucial. Thanks for the list.

    • Webly
      August 18, 2016, 9:19 pm

      Totally understand Carol. There are other cache plugins available. If you test your website and it’s loading fast then there’s no need to change anything.

  • August 18, 2016, 9:18 pm  Reply

    Many blessings to you for this. I will not go get the w3 cache setup. Thank you ever so much. It is always a blessing for me to learn new things. Appreciate all you do.

    • Webly
      August 18, 2016, 9:21 pm

      glad to hear Celea. Please let me know if you have any questions.

  • August 18, 2016, 10:27 pm  Reply

    Webly, thanks so much for these tips. I have a lot of plugins that I’ve acquired over the years (lol) and need to evaluate. I just learned about how to optimize photos and will start doing that too. I have the W3 cache plugin. One thing I don’t always do is update WP right away. I heard that there can be bugs and such and was told to wait a few weeks. Is there any truth to this or not? Thanks for all you do.

  • August 18, 2016, 10:32 pm  Reply

    Great tips! Thank you for sharing 🙂 I might have a little work to do on my own site…

    • Webly
      August 20, 2016, 3:16 am

      You’re welcome Narelle. Just tackle them one each week.

  • August 19, 2016, 2:34 am  Reply

    Yay! These are great things that can help a lot of entrepreneurs. Obviously, it also affects one’s credibility if the website seems kinda slow. This is also a great reminder to remove images in the library. Got to some homework today.

  • August 19, 2016, 10:06 am  Reply

    Thanks for these tips Webly. I use compressor.io to reduce the sizes of my images before I upload them. I wish I could install a cache plugin to make the process easier, but we have a strict network policy.

    • Webly
      August 20, 2016, 3:16 am

      Compressor.io is really good too. If you have a strict network policy this is probably done for you on your network I hope.

  • August 19, 2016, 1:38 pm  Reply

    So many great tips. I will delete my inactive plugins this weekend. And thanks for the info on optimizing my photos

    • Webly
      August 20, 2016, 3:14 am

      glad to hear Alene. The photos take a lot of space and you’ll notice once you start optimizing them, your website speed improves.

  • August 19, 2016, 4:32 pm  Reply

    Great article, and need to save this information and check my website. Love the info about plugins!

    • Webly
      August 20, 2016, 3:14 am

      You’re welcome Robin.

  • August 19, 2016, 6:42 pm  Reply

    My web designer recently took care of all this for me. A faster site really makes a difference! Thanks for the great tips, Webly!

  • August 20, 2016, 12:31 am  Reply

    Too funny, I just posted a blog 2 weeks ago about optimizing images with several other tools too. 🙂 Hadn’t heard of yours, but I’ll check it out. Downside about deleting old plugins is if it had a purpose before and you haven’t replaced that purpose, it will kill that functionality. Ie I had CTT before now use TweetDis and if I killed CTT then it would kill all of my old CTT. ;(

  • September 23, 2016, 10:14 pm  Reply

    Great advice Webly. I didn’t realize that unused plugins would have an effect. Thank you.

  • September 25, 2016, 2:30 am  Reply

    Whew! I passed the test. Have done all of these. But, thanks for sharing these tips. It’s easy not to realize all the things that can slow a website down when loading.

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