Speed Optimization Guide

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A complete and Comprehensive Guide On Making WordPress websites faster.

Don’t be overwhelmed by the table below; most optimizations can be easily achieved with an optimization plugin. I personally use the free Speed Optimization plugin that comes bundled with SiteGround’s Hosting plan. However, there are several other options, including W3 Total Cache (W3TC), WP Rocket, and FlyingPress.

Steps to optimizing your WordPress website :

1. Visit GTmetrix: Enter your website’s URL to begin the test. GTmetrix offers this tool for free and allows multiple tests to be performed every hour, at no charge.

2. Review the Report: GTmetrix will quickly generate a performance report, pinpointing each area that requires improvement.

3. Consult our table below to address the specific areas highlighted by GTmetrix. While GTmetrix often uses complex terminology, overcomplicates its instructions, and provides guidance for a broad spectrum of websites, we’ve streamlined and tailored their recommendations specifically for WordPress sites. With our clear and straightforward guidelines, you’ll find it much easier to understand and implement the necessary changes.

4. Re-test After Implementing Changes: After making a change, clear your website’s cache if it’s enabled. Re-test on GTmetrix to assess the impact of your adjustments. Using the new results, move on to the next suggested improvement and continue the process.

Difficulty Level in Implementing this Optimization =  Easy



Use a Content Delivery Network (CDN)

Leveraging a “Content Delivery Network (CDN)” enhances your website’s performance throughout various global locations.
Essentially, a CDN comprises a system of servers that are distributed worldwide. Each server, or ‘node,’ in the CDN resides in a different region and caches your page’s static elements such as images, CSS/JavaScript files, and so on.
As a user accesses your page, these resources are delivered from the cache of the nearest CDN node, rather than from your primary server. This process minimizes latency and ensures a swift page experience for your visitors, irrespective of their geographical location.

How does using a Content Delivery Network (CDN) affect page performance?

A Content Delivery Network mitigates latency by storing your page’s static elements across various servers globally.
Based on your visitors’ geographical locations, your page’s content is delivered from the nearest server or CDN node. Consequently, with a CDN, your page’s resources are dispatched from the location nearest to your visitor, guaranteeing minimal latency. In addition to this, CDNs can enhance your page’s performance through various other means.

How to implement the Usage of a CDN?

Recognized CDNs

Popular CDN are (e.g., Cloudflare, Netflify, Amazon CloudFront). Honestly and based on a decade of experience, I highly recommend the use of Cloudflare, they are a GLOBAL company with hundreds of servers distributed all around the world.

 In addition, Cloudflare offers a free service for their CDN. However, I highly recommend users go with their business plan, which will provide them with a Web Application Firewall (WAF) and a significant amount of other optimization features.