Hey Guys. It’s @MartieDread here.
Today we are going to be covering how to SPEED UP WordPress for free, and in less than 10 minutes. Don’t worry if you’re new to WordPress either, this is going to be easy!
40% of people abandon a website that takes more than 3 seconds to load. Akamai
Okay. So you create your site, add all of your awesome content, and you absolutely love the branding and design of your site.
But now you’re starting to realise that it is taking FOREVER to load up one of your posts.
Does this sound familiar to you? If it does… Don’t worry!
I am now going to show you 5 different methods you can use to help speed up WordPress… no matter what type of site it is that you have (business, blog, portfolio, etc).
How Fast is My Website Now?
Just before we start trying to speed up WordPress however.
It makes sense for us to first check how fast is our site is running at the minute. This way we can see how much of a difference our efforts make to our sites loading times when we’re done.
We can use the fee Pingdom Site Speed Tool to check how fast our site is running.
When we get to the homepage, we just need to enter our sites domain name and click “Start Test”.
Pingdom will then test the speed of our site from one of their many worldwide servers and return the results in about 20 seconds.
How To Speed up WordPress
Okay. So now that we know how fast our site is running, we can get onto speeding up WordPress! (it will honestly take about 10 minutes).
#1 Lazy Load Images
When we visit a page on a website or blog, all of the images on that page are loaded up at the same time (right as we’re landing on the page). As you can probably guess, this his a negative effect on our site speed.
Lucky for us there is a free plugin called “Lazy Load” which fixes this problem. All we need to do is install & activate the plugin and our images will now be lazy! (no setup needed).
This means that only the images that will be in view at first are loaded up when someone lands on one of our pages, then the others load up as they are needed (so as the visitor is scrolling down).
Installing the Lazy Load plugin is probably one of the quickest ways to speed up WordPress that I know of.
#2 Check WordPress Plugins
So we all know that WordPress Plugins are amazing!
But did you know that some of them might be drastically slowing your site down?
To find out if some of your plugins are slowing down your WordPress site, we just need to…. ummmmm install another plugin! haha (don’t worry this plugin is very lightweight).
The “P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler)” plugin will let us scan all the plugins we have installed on our site, and then show us how much loading time each of them is adding to our site.
Once installed. All we need to do is hover over where it says “tools” in the left-side of our Dashboard, and then click “P3 Plugin Profiler”.
From here we can just click “Start Scan” and the plugin will then scan all of the plugins on our site. Then it will let us know how much extra loading time each one adds to our site.
Then we just need to find replacement plugins for any that are causing problems.
#3 Limit Page & Post Revisions
Every time we save, update, or publish a page or post, WordPress goes ahead and saves a “Revision Copy” of the previous draft. This is awesome in a situation where we make a mistake and want to go back to what we had before.
But WordPress saves a revision copy EVERY TIME, and after a while these revisions can quickly add up.
To fix this, all we need to do is install and setup the free “Revision Control” plugin.
Once we install the plugin. We just need to hover our mouse over where it says “Settings” on the left-hand side of our dashboard and click “Revisions”.
Then from here we can set how many revisions we want to save for our pages and posts.
I would personally recommend setting this to save 2 or 3 revisions, as it is always good to be able to go back.
We just don’t need like 30 revisions for each post!
4# Embed Any Videos
WordPress allows us to upload videos directly onto our site, but we should NEVER do this. Video is one of the WORST things when it comes to site speed (if not the worst!).
To help speed up WordPress. Instead of uploading videos directly to our site, we should upload them to a free video sharing site (like YouTube) and then EMBED them into our different pages and posts.
This way we will be using YouTube’s hosting for our videos instead of our own. This will not only help us to speed up WordPress, but it will most likely speed up our videos loading times as well.
5# “Minify” Our WordPress Sites Code
This probably sounds a lot more complicated that it actually is. Minifying our WordPress sites code basically just means deleting all of the “white space” from it.
And to be fair, we don’t even need to do it thanks to “Better WordPress Minify”.
“Better WordPress Minify” is a free plugin which will do all of the work for us.
The plugin is setup to minify our sites code automatically, we don’t need to do ANYTHING after installing it.
So that is us now at the end of this guide, and that was 5 ways to speed up WordPress for free.
I really hope you have found it useful, and if you know any other ways to speed up WordPress for free. Just leave them as a comment below so we can all benefit.
Then finally, just before I leave you today.
I recently created a “Top 10” video where I cover what I personally think are the 10 best free WordPress plugins of all time… I really think you’re gonna like it!
You can watch the video for free right now by clicking here (no optin).
Until Next Time,
You can also check out this previous post which will show you how to speed up WordPress even further by compressing all of your images (it’s free too!).