WordPress is very user-friendly content management system (CMS) through which you can easily design your site with your pre-built themes. As matter of fact, we need to install a theme, so many plugins and their extensions to look website perfect but while doing this we somewhere forget that adding a bundle of things will cause a heavy load on-site, as a result, your sites load very slow.
Beginner WordPress Optimization Guide: Tutorial
This will article will surely help you with the optimization of WordPress and you may experience great change after Succesful implementation of this article. Now first thing first, we need to start with the basics, as basics will build our proper base to start work with. As WordPress is open-source with a lot of stuff so in this article we are just covering beginner level optimization. We really hope this will help you with website performance.
Note: Be assured that you must take whole WordPress backup first before implementing this procedure.
1. Update your WordPress properly.
As WordPress is popular and open source CMS it has a very active community who works day-night to make WordPress more reliable with user-friendliness. WordPress provides updates weekly/monthly as soon as they found any bug or improvement in their product. With each update of WordPress, they used to fix bugs, improves performance. You can check all versions and changelog of each version > https://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Versions
Steps to update WordPress,
A) Log in to Dashboard.
B) Navigate to Dashboard > Update
If you wish to auto-update the WordPress without performing manual steps you can do it by little configuration. Follow the below steps,
A) Login to cPanel.
B) Navigate to File Manager > public_html > wordpress installtion directory.
C) Edit wp-config.php and below code,
define( 'WP_AUTO_UPDATE_CORE', minor );
Once you place this code in wp-config.php this will update your WordPress once any minor update gets released. If you are using custom themes, plugins then we don’t recommend to set WordPress as an auto-update, this may cause downtime of your website. Some plugins or activated theme may get broken and there are chances of losing of your WordPress data.
2. Update your WordPress Plugins/Themes.
Many developers don’t do this, don’t know why but this action will surely help you. As WordPress used to offer fixes of bugs and improvement in performance the same thing plugin/theme developers used to do. We strongly recommend to update your theme as well as plugins and maintain updated versions always.
To update plugin follow steps,
- Log in to Dashboard.
- Navigate to Plugins > Installed Plugins.
- Select all outdated plugin.
- Select “Update” from Bulk Action dropdown.
- Click on Apply.
3. Delete trash stuff.
Many of you use paid themes, once you install them it comes with import file. Once you import it; imported data comes with a lot of unusable stuff which we don’t require for the website. Select all unwanted posts/pages and move it to trash. Now navigate to trash option, select all pages/posts and click on Delete. Remember small-small things can create major impacts. The same thing you can do with media, navigate to Media select unwanted stuff and delete it.4
4. Enable caching.
This is the most important part which is required to make your website load fast. We have learned about caching and all in details already. To know more about caching please read this article > Best cache plugin for WordPress
4. Disable PingBack and Optimize Images.
By default WordPress keeps pingback option enable for every WordPress site, it does create links to the old article once you publish the new articles from your blog, ultimately it will consume server resources (space & DB space) which sometimes cause load on the server.
Optimization of images is a crucial part of this method, when we develop the website we use almost 20%-30% of images and it causes more load on the pages. We strongly recommend to optimize your images offiline to you can take help of available plugins to do it automatically.
In this article Beginner WordPress Optimization Guide: Tutorial we have learned how to tweak WordPress website performance more and make the site fast with performing basics tweaks. We hope you enjoyed this article. Feel free to comment your doubts and suggestions.