How To Make WordPress Faster: 5 Simple Steps To Make It Under 2 Seconds

Is your website taking more than 3 seconds to load? If you are reading this now, you are not happy with your website loading speed and you are constantly thinking “How to make WordPress faster” — and I get it.

Using WordPress since 2004, I have my good and bad days using this CMS. For starters, WordPress is great by itself and it loads fast.

What makes your WordPress doesn’t load that fast is because of technology and the competition itself. We are constantly adding new things into our blog and sites to beat the competitors, but this action is going to make our website loads super slow.

Lucky for you, I’m going to outline some quick fixes to help you make your WordPress faster.

  • Choose the right web hosting company
  • Use only WordPress themes that are well-coded(and free from bloatware)
  • Uninstalled unwanted WordPress plugins
  • check-circle-oReduce the number of elements on a page
  • check-circle-oUse a Content Delivery Network (CDN)

Now that we’ve covered the top 5 most important ways to make WordPress faster, let’s dive into the details!

How To Make WordPress Faster? Choose A Better Web Hosting Company

choosing the right web hosting company

Web hosting is like the eletrical company for your home. It supplies electricity to power your website and if there is not enough power, your website will be affected dearly.

A good web host should offer:

  • 99.9% uptime
  • Doesn’t allow spam (email)
  • Doesn’t allow abusive websites

Does the above sounds familiar to you? I bet!

Most web hosting companies offer the above on the front end but how many of them actually live up to those? Not many, seriously.

That’s why I only recommend using web host that doesn’t oversell their servers.

Note: Overselling server space is considered norm by many web hosting companies. They allocate thousands of websites into one server and often 500% the capacity of what the server could hold. Thus, affected server performance.

Examples Of Great Web Hosting Companies

How To Make WordPress Faster? Use WordPress Themes That Are Well Coded

premium wordpress themes improve website speed

There are many themes in the market and most of them are free. The single and biggest problem with free WordPress themes is because they are not well coded, no maintenance and codes may be outdated. Plus, there could be tons of codes within the theme that will slow your website down indefinitely.

So, how to solve this?

Choose the right WordPress theme for your blog. Be picky and more importantly, choose a WordPress theme that is developed by reputed WordPress developers.

Examples Of Great WordPress Themes

MUST READ: The Top 5 Best Premium WordPress Themes 2018

How To Make WordPress Faster? Uninstall Unwanted Plugins

uninstall unwanted WordPress plugin

How many plugins do you have in your WordPress? Unless you are using WordPress hosting like WP Engine, you shouldn’t have more than 15 WordPress plugins installed.

The more plugins you install = The slower your website loading speed

QUestion: How do you solve this?

Answer: Keep track of your plugins and install only the ones you need.

Examples Of Crucial WordPress Plugins

  • Cache plugin (if you are using premium WordPress hosting like WP Engine and SiteGround, you don’t need any cache plugin)
  • Contact form
  • SEO plugin
  • check-circleDrag and drop content builder plugin (I highly recommend Thrive Architect)
  • check-circleEditorial calendar plugin

How To Make WordPress Faster? Reduce The Number Of Elements On Pages

reducing elements to speed up wordpress sites

This is one of the easiest steps to make WordPress faster — make it a point to reduce the number of items on a page.

If you have a drag and drop WordPress builder like Thrive Architect or Divi, you can have unlimited addons to a page. However, it doesn’t mean that you got ot go crazy with them.

Instead, just make sure you install just items or elements you need on a page to ensure that the doesn’t take forever to load.

How To Make WordPress Faster? Use A Content Delivery Network (CDN)

content delivery network

Want to speed up your WordPress website? Use a Content Delivery Network (or “CDN” in short). 

Question: What is a Content Delivery Network?

Answer: A content delivery network or content distribution network (CDN) is a geographically distributed network of proxy servers and their data centers. The goal is to distribute service spatially relative to end-users to provide high availability and high performance.

Examples Of Content Delivery Network Services

BONUS: How to speed up your website using CloudFlare page rules?

Ready To Make WordPress Faster?

I hope you find the above tips to quicken your WordPress site useful. 

Have a special tip that works for you? Leave a comment and share with me!

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