Link Dive: Important Performance

Like a scene in a theatre, setting the stage for the next scene should be quick and painless.

Keeping your WordPress website running at tip-top speed should be the priority of most WordPress web masters, but sometimes knowing what to change and tweak can be a bit of a complex process to isolate. Let’s take a look at some of the resources available to help fix the primary causes for a slow WordPress website:

  • Web Hosting – When your web hosting server is not properly configured it can hurt your website speed.

  • WordPress Configuration – If your WordPress site is not serving cached pages, then it will overload your server thus causing your website to be slow or crash entirely.

  • Page Size – Mainly images that aren’t optimized for web.

  • Bad Plugins – If you’re using a poorly coded plugin, then it can significantly slow down your website.

  • External scripts – External scripts such as ads, font loaders, etc can also have a huge impact on your website performance.

Performance Tools:

PageSpeed Insights is by the search giant itself, Google. This nifty web app measures your site’s performance across multiple devices, including desktop and mobile browsers.

Pingdom is a free tool that gives you full-site performance information including load time, page size, as well as a detailed analysis of each page on your website.

Website Performance Analysis Tools:

One way to see which plugins are affecting your site’s performance is to use a tool called P3 Plugin Profiler. You could go through every plugin on your site, de-activate and re-active each one, while doing site loading tests – or you could use this plugin.

Comprehensive Resources:

WPBeginner has a fantastic article that outlines - in more detail - the many steps to take to help squeeze the most out of your WordPress website.

WPMU Dev also has a great tutorial on optimizing your WordPress database for better performance - another important performance increasing task.

They also provide a nifty article about the importance of using a CDN network to deliver resources for you, speeding up page load times.

Curated by WordPressively.

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