I’ve been using WordPress on a regular basis since around 2012. Over the years I’ve learned a few (very basic) ways to keep my WordPress sites running as fast as possible. If you’ve been experiencing slow loading time on your website, hopefully these methods will help keep your WordPress website running at full speed. Technically you could say this is 5 ways, but I figure it can be summed up in 3 ways.
Note: Before making any drastic changes to WordPress, always be sure to run a backup (just in case anything happens).
1) Keep Things Tidy
One of the best things about WordPress is probably the plugin support. There are so many valuable plugins out there – you can basically find one for any need your website has. However, active plugins will take up space and put more load on your site, so it’s best to limit them. How many is too many? I’m not sure on that one, but I always try to keep around 10 active plugins. If you’re site is slow, and you have well over 10 active plugins, you may want to start figuring out which ones you don’t need anymore.
I’m not sure why, but WordPress never got any built-in options to limit revisions (this could change). We can change the revision limits by changing some settings within WordPress… or we can just use a plugin such as Revision Control to limit and delete older revisions. This plugin is no longer supported, but it still works perfect.
A good practice is to keep up on any comment spam. Marking it as spam is not enough, you need to empty trash as well – to permanently remove it. This is also true for any posts/pages trashed. You need to empty the trash to permanently remove them. A few things may not be a big deal here – but once things start piling up in the trash, it needs to be emptied.
2) Optimize SQL Database
Sometimes MySQL database is running slower than usual. Every once in a while I optimize my SQL tables and always see a noticeable difference in load time. We can easily optimize SQL tables right from our host account using phpMyAdmin. Check out my tutorial on how to optimize SQL database. Here’s a tutorial provided from my host, HostMonster.
3) Using Plugins
One plugin I always use is Jetpack. Jetpack has many features built in but an important one that I like to use to keep my sites running fast is Photon. Photon provides our site with image acceleration. It means less load on your host and faster image loading.
I personally don’t use any cache plugins on my websites, but I do know they can make a huge difference for some. It’s definitely something worth looking into. There are many cache plugins available. Some popular ones are WP Fastest Cache, LiteSpeed Cache, WP Super Cache, and W3 Total Cache. If using a cache plugin, you probably won’t need to use Jetpack’s Photon.
That sums up all the basic ways I keep my sites running fast. I hope this helps! If you’re still having trouble, it could very well be your web host. In what ways do you keep your WordPress site(s) running fast?