10 Ways to Speed up Your WordPress Site

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8. Clean up Your WP Database

Your database hoards a lot of data: from inactive plugins to revisions to spam and trashed comments. Getting rid of this unnecessary data can greatly reduce the size of your database and consequently speed up your site and improve performance.

WP-Sweep is by far the most popular and effective plugin for cleaning up a WordPress database. It is also quite straightforward to use. Once activated, go to Tools > Sweep and the plugin will begin analyzing your database. It will provide a report of different sections/components of your site that need to be cleaned. You have the option of cleaning individual items or sweeping everything up at once.

9. Optimize Your Homepage

Your homepage is arguably the most important part of your site since it serves as the main landing page. And optimizing it to load faster doesn’t require much effort on your part. Here are a few things you can do to increase the loading speed of your homepage:

  • Limit the number of posts on the page
  • Don’t show full posts; show excerpts instead
  • Sharing widgets (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc. share buttons) should only be included in posts
  • Remove inactive plugins and widgets
  • Remove all other unnecessary content and elements from the page

The rule of thumb is to keep your homepage as clean and minimal as possible. It will look good and load faster as well.

10. Deactivate Hotlinking

You may unfortunately be victim to content leeching or theft: other sites may be serving images from your site instead of uploading them on their own servers. In doing so, they steal your bandwidth and you don’t benefit from any of the traffic they generate. This is called hotlinking.

The good news is that you can prevent this by adding some code to your .htaccess file. This article from JavaScript Kit takes you through the steps on how to get it done.

Arnaud, a foodie from Bruges, Belgium, is the editor for the Semper Plugins blog. He also manages the translation teams for All in One SEO Pack (over 58 languages!).

33 comments on “10 Ways to Speed up Your WordPress Site
  1. Oka says:

    Thanks a lot!

  2. Emenike Emmanuel says:

    Hello Broes,

    Thanks for sharing. Speed is an advantage to your success as an online entrepreneur.

  3. Karen Denise says:

    Helpful, thanks a lot!

  4. Charles says:

    Thank you..

  5. June says:

    Could you check my website please?

  6. Rabia Rani says:

    Thanks for this useful information.

  7. IT eKattor says:

    Helpful, Thanks for sharing.

  8. Arga Eryzal says:

    Awesome tips, gonna try this. Thanks for your tips 🙂

  9. Noel Mades says:

    A lot of informations I’ve found here. Thanks a lot.

  10. gunter says:

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  11. Gary says:

    Great tips… thank you.

  12. Vedz says:

    Hi Arnaud,
    This information is very useful but i have a question in my mind.

    I installed W3 Cache into my tech blog techhuntz.com after apply some setting my blog was deleted.

    Is any cache plugin is good for any website?

    • Arnaud Broes says:

      Hi Vedz

      I haven’t had any issues with this plugin in the past. In any case, caching plugins can be helpful to speed up your site’s performance.
      I do recommend that you always try new plugins and commit changes to a development version of your site, and not the live one.
      That way you can experiment all the way you want and do not break your live site when causing a fatal error.

      Kind regards


  13. martin says:

    Thanks, Pingdom is a great tip.

  14. graham says:

    Thanks for the information about website speed problems. I use siteorigin page builder on my website. This uses lots of widgets on each page. Does using a page builder to build website pages affect the display time?

    • Yes, these page builders can severely affect the performance of a site. You can test this by comparing a copy of your site that is running no page builders and a basic theme such as the default Twenty Sixteen theme to your live site and see if there’s a difference in page speed.

  15. Buy, Hold Long says:

    Oh nice one, these tips should help me speed up my site. Thanks for that.

  16. Faisal Zamir says:

    Thanks for sharing these great tips.

  17. Eyu Clifford says:

    You are right, but why are some websites fast and others slow?

    • Arnaud Broes says:

      Site speed mainly depends on the amount of content that has to be loaded, the amount of traffic (visitors) the site has to process and the performance of the webserver (webhost).

  18. Jerry Peri says:

    Thanks a lot for the useful information, will sure benefit from it!

  19. Patrik says:

    Thanks a lot, will use most of your advice. Will be needed on my website.

  20. Seng Rean Sey says:

    Thanks a lot for sharing. I hope I can now improve my site speed.

  21. Granit aŞ says:

    Peki bu eklentiyi sizdenmi satın alacagız yardımcı olurmusunuz?

  22. Andreas Kramers says:

    Hey Arnaud, nice post. I especially like the hotlinking tip.
    As for caching plugins, WP Rocket is by far the easiest to configure and imho the fastest caching plugin. Boosts any WP installation with at least 30%.

    Keep it up!

  23. Afa says:

    The article was a big help, just implemented some of your recommendations. Thank you.

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