Optimize Wordpress to Maximize Page Speed

nihalar By nihalar, 10th May 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Optimize Wordpress to Maximize Page Speed

‘Performance’ can be a crucial factor to determine how successful a site is. And now, Word Press is becoming more and more popular with the passage of days. Sometimes, due to high traffic conditions or any other hidden issues, Word Press does not function properly and so the need to optimize it is generated.

Measuring the performance of a web site:

There are a few ways to find out the speed of any particular web page. One is, Page Speed Tool which is powered by Google. One should try to achieve a score of over 85 out of 100.

The second way to find out the speed of the web page is to use YSlow Firefox add-on that willdepict the load time of a particular site. One can also try to find out the amount of database queries a page makes. Another way to measure speed of a site is to make use of the website speed tester.

Website Speed Tester

Some of the steps to optimize word press are listed as follows:

• Upgrade to Latest release of Word press:

The first and foremost step is to upgrade word press to the latest version. The recent version has many improvements in performance and so it is always recommended to upgrade to the most recent release.

• Delete all Unnecessary Plug-ins:

All unnecessary plug-ins should be removed if not in use they should be deactivated or should be physically deleted from the web server. Deactivation of plug-ins affect the speed of the word press. It should also be kept in mind that the latest versions of plug-ins should be kept in use. New versions of plug-ins are released by developers due to modification of codes to make the plug-ins work better.

• Cut Short Database Queries and also PHP:

A simple way to speed up word press is to minimize PHP and also to cut down database queries. If the browser needs to execute a PHP queries, then that will add-on to the load time and so the speed of the word press will be reduced. If PHP queries are replaced with static HTML then the browser will only read HTML ns hence, the speed will not be affected.

• Optimize the Database:

It should be made a habit to login to myPhpAdmin to optimize the database. The first step is to find the word press database tables and go through all the tables listed in the Check Boxes. Eventually, the ‘Optimize Table Option’ is to be selected for repairing of database. This surprisingly saves around ten percent of the database size currently in use.

• Reliable Image Hosting Service should be used:

One should try to move all the common web images, CSS and other static files to the Amazon S3 Storage service. This will significantly reduce the average CPU load and the memory need of the web server. One can also use WP-Offload plug-in. Using this plug-in might enhance the performance of the blog (as the plug-in reduces the load of static contents like documents, images and videos). This plug-in will considerably reduce the bandwidth consumption as well as reduce the amount of HTTP requests.

• Optimize images:

The above image depicts the Shrink O’Matic application which is used to resize images easily. It can handle images of JPG, PNG and GIF formats. The method to resize the images is to simply drag and drop images into this application. There are options to choose for output names, sizes and formats.

• Install Cache plug-in:

One must make a point to make use of WP Super Cache Plug-in which is capable of generating html files from various dynamic word press blogs. Once, the html file is created, the web server will only serve the html generated file. This will make the server load faster.

• Combine CSS and JavaScript:

PHP Speedy WP can be used to speed up the word press site. PHP Speedy WP can improve the response time of your blog as well. This is done when the JavaScript files and CSS files are automatically combined to aid in the page loading time. When the CSS images are converted into URIs then this helps further in reducing the number of HTTP requests. Surprisingly, it works also with IE, though it does not support URIs.

• Display number of queries and page loading time:

A very simple code can be used to find out how well one’s word press blog is being optimized. The code is as follows-

queries in seconds


Word Press can be optimized in many ways to increase page speed. These are illustrated in great details above. One should ponder upon these tips to make one’s blog run faster.


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author avatar Pradeep Kumar B
11th May 2012 (#)

Great tips. Thank you.

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