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.