HOW TO: Speed up WordPress and Boost Site Performance


By Admin

WordPress, if you don’t already know, is a software program used to build some of the most eye catching websites on the net. It is simple to use, even for the newbie, but has all the bells, whistles and features which make it attractive to experienced webmasters as well.

If this mumbo-jumbo above doesn’t count for much to you, WordPress has been predicted to out-compete all other software of its kind to date. So much so, that some experts believe other software blogging platforms will disappear. If the die hard skeptic in you sighs in exasperation about when the next ‘big’ thing will come along and where will WordPress be then, keep reading.

What about the fact that WordPress is open source? This means the codes are available to all, not proprietary. It also means that as bugs and glitches in the programming surfaces, you have hundreds of web savvy programmers on the job eradicating malfunctioning, disharmonious coding. I still don’t have your attention?

Well, what would you say if I told you WordPress was free and one of the most effective SEO tools to boot? Now I have your attention.

Of course, you do need to know a few tricks of the trade to make your WordPress created blog or website perform at its absolute best for you once it is up and running. Websurfers are notoriously short on attention spans. They spend an average of 3-10 seconds per sight they visit.

Using WordPress to create an engaging, eye catching site will certainly increase the time spent on your domain as well as increasing click-through traffic and sales.

But what if your site, so beautifully crafted, is a slow poke downloading? If a cybernetic shopper spends a measly three seconds on a page once it’s open to their eyes, imagine how quick they are going to dismiss a page that takes too long to open!

WordPress has introduced tools, coding, and plugins to help your sight decrease its down load times significantly. The graphic to the right illustrates several of these methods, but to summarize it is all about cache. To really optimize your wordpress pages, utilize caching options to their fullest.

There are server-side caches, database caches, consumer-side caches, and all sorts of caches in between. A cache is a bundle of coding information stored in more convenient places than in the Farthest reaches of your server’s hard drive. This makes calling this information from the cyber coding void into a viewable format on your computer screen a faster process, because you don’t have to dig through the entire hard drive and redownload every article, image, or graphic each and every time you click on it.

You can likewise decrease loading times by a more judicious use of plugins. WordPress literally has hundreds of plugin capabilities to make your website pop, but using too many can cause its download speed to bust.

By building a great website using WordPress and being certain to optimize it to the fullest, your end result will be a fabulous looking Internet presence that is also fabulously fast.