Let’s see what are 5 easy steps to speed your WordPress website.
1. Use a plugin like Smush Image Compression and Optimizations.
According to W3Techs, WordPress continues to be the main flexible and cost-effective solution for online businesses everywhere, just like ClusterCS. That’s why we created this tutorial bit.ly/KB-WordpressCachingWithNginx
If you add a lot of content, there’s a good chance your images are too big and are consuming unnecessary bandwidth.
Smush has been tested number one for speed and quality and is the award-winning, proven crowd favourite image optimization plugin for WordPress.
Lazy Load is also something else as it doesn’t need configuring so it’s worth mentioning. It uses jQuery.sonar to only load an image when it’s visible in the viewport.
What are your top optimization plugins? Tell us in the comments below.
2. Control how many post revisions you store.
There’s no need to save 20+ drafts per article, but that’s what WordPress does. Fortunately, there’s a Revision Control plugin that allows you to select how many drafts you have, so your back-end does not get cluttered.
Despite of this useful feature, if you are not cleaning your database from time to time, you will be creating a huge WordPress database because of lots of post revision.
Any plugin can potentially affect your database, so make sure you have a functioning backup strategy in place before testing any of the plugins or trying limiting revisions.
3. Go easy on the plugins.
Their functionality might be tempting but so many add-ons will slow down performance. Do a list of essential items. WordPress would be a limited platform in terms of what you can do with it without plugins, so choosing the right ones can play a large role in its success.
Developers have been able to give WordPress users more control over how their websites perform – all without them ever having to understand a single line of code. However, plugins do not come without their own set of issues. Some problems you could encounter from poor plugin choices: Page Speed / Site Performance, Website Crash, Security Breaches.
Our recommendation: WordPress plugins are quite useful, but some of the best fall under the caching category, as they improve page loading time. All of them on WordPress.org are free and easy to use.
Watch how to set-up a fast WordPress site using ClusterCS and more tutorials, all on our KnowledgeBase: kb.clustercs.com.
4. Cache memory. NGINX caching
As you probably know, with Cache you can store data in the computing environment. There are many types of caching as: memory cache (RAM – L1 Cache, L2 Cache or L3 Cache), internet browser cache (for temporary use) which saves time when used a modem, disk cache (conventional memory) and cache server (stores web pages accessed on a network).
You can use caching if your website runs too slow or has a bigger capacity and needs more availability. NGINX caching can provide your website with fast loading speed and improvements of scores and there are 3 steps to follow, in order to set it.
Check this link: https://clustercs.com/integrations/boost-your-speed and learn how to configure NGINX on your computer, after you added your server and domain on Cluster CS. Shortly after configuration your website’s loading speed will be dramatically boosted and you will be surprised by what a fast site actually means.
5. Use the Cluster CS capabilities to join servers in clusters
Microsoft Bing search team released a report stating that a 2-second longer delay in page responsiveness reduced user satisfaction by 3.8%, increased lost revenue per user by 4.3%, and a reduced clicks by 4.3%. That means if the site takes too long to load, most people are lost before you even had a chance to catch their attention.
Don’t forget that Google includes site speed in its ranking algorithm. That means that the site speed directly affects SEO, so if your site is slow, you’re now losing visitors and reduce your rankings in search engines.
Developers follow trends, so should server automation. Our simple ClusterCS setup wizard will let you easily install and configure modern software. The friendly interface will allow you to configure reliable automation.
Use the clustering tool to build powerful high traffic and high availability clusters with a few simple clicks with easy adding or removal of servers every time you need it. Also, your essential server readings and alerts help you oversee availability but also to track down problematic performance with our ClusterCS server reports.
Do you want to speed up your WordPress website? Check out this #demo with #nginx and #caching: bit.ly/wordpress-website-speed-clustering. You will spend just a few minutes in ClusterCS defining traffic rules for your WordPress domain and enjoy better website loading times.