Have you done a website speed test of your blog recently?
When you are new to blogging, you probably aren’t too concerned with the speed of your website.
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But it really is important!
Not only are your site visitors less likely to wait around for a page to load, but Google doesn’t like slow websites.
Google will be less likely to rank your site in search results if your website doesn’t load fast.
We were able to improve the speed of our website startbloggingpros.com faster than 90% of other websites, using these steps.
First, check out the Pingdom website speed test tool to see how your website currently ranks, speed-wise.
Website Speed Test – How To Make Your Blog Super Fast (10 Steps)
Here are the ten things we did to startbloggingpros.com to improve it’s page load time. Using free tools!
We Are Hosting Our Website With A Fast Host
The hosting provider you choose to host your website with is very important, especially when it comes to speed.
A slow web host means a slow website for you. So this is critical.
Not all web hosts are the same, so it’s important to use a fast web host.
SiteGround is known as one the fastest web hosts, and comes with an amazing package of free site speed tools.
They will even transfer your website from your current host to theirs for free.
We will show you how to enable SiteGround’s page speed enhancing tools in the next step.
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Enable SiteGround’s Speed Enhancing Tools
When you host your website with SiteGround, you get to use their top of the line site enhancing tools for free.
Enable the SuperCacher from your SiteGround Cpanel, and add your website URL.
Then activate the SG Optimizer plugin from your WordPress dashboard. (It is likely already activated when you installed WordPress).
Go to SG Optimizer, and click ‘configure’ to set it up. This will make your website super fast.
Bluehost comes with it’s own, similar speed enhancing tools.
Cloudflare is another free tool you can activate via your SiteGround Cpanel, which contains several tools to that speed up your website.
We recommend that you enable the settings for:
- CDN (content delivery network)
- Gzip compression
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Keep WordPress Updated To The Latest Version
Always pay attention to your WordPress dashboard for notifications about updates and new versions of WordPress.
You can find this info by going to ‘Dashboard’ then ‘Updates.’
Always keep your plugins and theme updated too.
Remove Plugins That Aren’t Necessary
Did you know that too many plugins will cause your website to lag… a lot?
The Pingdom website speed test tool will show you exactly which plugins are eating up too many of your resources.
When we did our check, we discovered that one of the plugins that we were using for displaying an Instagram feed was causing our site to load super slow.
We disabled the plugin and saved five seconds!
Do an audit of your plugins and deactivate and delete any that you don’t really need.
Keep only a few plugins that really help and improve your website, and always keep them updated.
Use The Autoptmize Plugin
The Autoptimize plugin is a must for website speed.
This free plugin speeds up your WordPress site by minifying and compressing all of the scripts and styles on your site, adds expire headers, caches, and can even move scripts to the footer.
It also minifies the HTML code itself, making your page really lightweight.
Compress & Lazy Load Images
Before uploading any images to your site, first run them through Omptimizilla, a free online image compression tool.
This tool shrinks your images without sacrificing image quality.
We shrunk the file size of our ‘WordPress updates’ screenshot from step 4 by 66%!
Sliders are one of the biggest page speed killers there is. Do you really need a slider on your website?
Most likely you don’t!
Sure, a slider looks nice on a homepage, but never cool enough to risk the quality and speed of your site.
Use A Fast, Premium Theme
Be careful of free WordPress themes, as they can’t be guaranteed to have clean code, and most of the time don’t come with developer support or updates.
You need to make sure that you use a quality, responsive theme that is updated by the developer, whenever there is a new version of WordPress.
Furthermore, even some premium themes can be full of bulky elements that hinder the speed of your website.
One of the fastest WordPress themes is the Schema theme by MyThemeShop. It is famous for its lightening fast, clean code.
I use it for this website StartBloggingPros.com, as well as for HerPaperRoute.com.
Recommended sources for fast WordPress themes:
If you go with StudioPress/Genesis framework, you will be able to use any of the WordPress themes from:
Stop WordPress From Storing Post Revisions
Everytime you edit a blog post, WordPress saves the previous version.
If you are like us and update your posts often, this adds many many versions of blog posts to your site that you have no need for.
You can stop WordPress from saving your post revisions by adding a line of code to your wp-config.php file.
From your CPanel file manager, simply add this at the bottom of your wp-config.php file:
define( ‘WP_POST_REVISIONS’, false );
Website Speed Test – How To Make Your Blog Super Fast
Once you have implemented these steps, do another Pingdom website speed test and see how much your website speed has improved.
Now that you have your website set up for speed, the next step is boosting your organic traffic with strong SEO.
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