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The following actionable tips all focus upon design, usability and content. If you take nothing else from this post, recognize that your focus should always be on those three things when it comes to designing, maintaining, optimizing and updating your WordPress website.

1. Use an effective caching plugin

List of plugins:

  1. W3 Total Cache (URL : http://wordpress.org/plugins/w3-total-cache/)
  2. WP Super Cache (URL : http://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-super-cache/)
  3. Hyper Cache (URL : http://wordpress.org/plugins/hyper-cache/)

2. Use a content delivery network (CDN)

It takes all your static files you’ve got on your site (CSS, Javascript and images etc) and lets visitors download them as fast as possible by serving the files on servers as close to them as possible.

3. Optimize images (automatically)

Drastically reduce the file size of an image, while not reducing quality.

List of the plugin:

  1. WP Smush.it (URL : http://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-smushit/)

4. Optimize WordPress database

 

WordPress Development Company USAOptimize the database (spam, post revisions, drafts, tables, etc.) to reduce their overhead.

Plugins are as follows:

  1. WP-Optimize (URL : http://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-optimize/)
  2. WP-DBManager (URL : http://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-dbmanager/)

5. Disable hotlinking and leeching of your content.

Hotlinking is a form of bandwidth “theft.” It occurs when other sites direct link to the images on your site from their articles making your server load increasingly high.

6. Add LazyLoad to your images

LazyLoad is the process of having only the images above the fold load (i.e. only the images visible in the visitor’s browser window), then, when reader scrolls down, the other images begin to load, just before they come into view.

Plugins are as follows:

  1. jQuery Image Lazy Load WP (URL : http://wordpress.org/plugins/jquery-image-lazy-loading/)
  2. BJ Lazy Load (URL : http://wordpress.org/plugins/bj-lazy-load/)

7. Control the amount of post revisions stored

Make sure to keep post revisions to a minimum, set it to 2 or 3 so you have something to fall back on in case you make a mistake, but not too high that you clutter your backend with unnecessary amounts of drafted posts.

Plugins are as follows:

  1. Revision Control (URL : http://wordpress.org/plugins/revision-control/)

8. Turn off pingbacks and trackbacks

9. Use CloudFlare

10. Trim Down Server Requests

Trimming down the number of items or off-loading content to a second server can dramatically improve performance because a server can only handle a certain number of requests at a given time.

For ex. upload the videos to YouTube, Google Video, Viddler or any other video hosting site and then use their embedding function to play back the video from their servers within your page.

If you have content you want to embed in your site, look for an external partner where you can upload the content and use their servers to absorb the load from within your page.

11. Remove unnecessary plugins

Rogue plugins can also be horrible for performance, even if they are not enabled. So if you have plugins installed but not activated – delete them from the plugins directory on the server. As long as they are there they have to be examined even if they are inactive.

12. zlib Compression to boost up your WP site.

13. Empty your WordPress Trash

14. Minify CSS and JS files.

Plugins are as follows:

  1. WP Minify (URL: http://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-minify/)

Thank You for Reading this article and we look forward to your participation on what more methods or techniques can we have to improve wordpress website performance.

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