If you’re thinking about building a new website either for your present business or to begin selling a product online, then you may have already heard about the WordPress platform. WordPress now powers more than 26% of all websites on the Internet today. This can be loaded on any webserver for free and many webhosts provide it with a quick setup.
If you’re already in the WordPress arena and beginning your venture into SEO (Search Engine Optimization) you’ll likely understand how a fast WordPress website can be crucial to success. Typically, it has been said that we have about 3-7 seconds to capture a website visitor on page load. If it takes your website longer to load, then with each passing second you risk them clicking away to another website. Additionally, according to Moz and other SEO authorities, website speed is a factor in Google search ranking.
So, many of us that love and enjoy the WordPress platform fully realize the impact of page load and speed. There are several factors to consider when attempting to speed up any WordPress website. Optimizing WordPress can be tedious and there are a myriad of articles out there to help you with plug-ins and hacks. But, this infographic and associated information is tried and tested and proven to produce results.
A Brief Peek into What You Will Learn:
There are many factors involved in a super-fast WordPress website. Here are the top factors that will definitely decrease your overall page load times and help gain a few slots in your search engine results rankings. Here is a summary of just the first 5 speed elements covered:
- Pick a Solid Host – Shared webhosting can be fine to being with, but as your website grows and hopefully, your popularity, you’ll definitely want a host that is optimized for WordPress and dedicated to just your website.
- Theme Choice – Many WordPress themes (or templates) are not designed well and can slow your load times way down. Find a theme designed for speed and efficiency.
- Optimize Your Graphics – One of the biggest mistakes newbies and some professionals make are using huge high-definition graphics that are way too large and not compressed. Compressed graphics can make one of the largest impacts on page speed right out of the gate. Get your graphics under control right away.
- CDN – Again, for the advanced websites getting a decent amount of traffic, you’ll need to step up to a Content Delivery Network to help connection speed and optimize inbound traffic.
- Homepage Optimization – Obviously, your homepage is what is loaded first. So, for speed, keeping your homepage light and efficient is very important. Other pages that are linked from your homepage can be a wee bit slower, but this page needs to load clean and fast.
There are a dozen more speed factors covered within the WordPress Speed infographic and several tested and recommended settings, plug-ins and advice for enabling your page load speeds to rocket forward.