Why WordPress Site Speed Matters
When a person lands on your site for the first time, you only have a few seconds to capture their attention to convince them to hang around.
Get ready to lose sleep at night: according to a report by the Microsoft Bing search team, a 2-second longer delay in page responsiveness reduced user satisfaction by 3.8%, increased lost revenue per user by 4.3%, and a reduced clicks by 4.3%.
your site takes too long to load, most people leave a site, lost before you even had a chance. Google now includes site speed in it is ranking algorithm. That means that your site’s speed effects SEO, your site is slow, you are now losing visitors from impatience and reduced rankings in search engines.
This WordPress optimization tutorial speed up a WordPress site and make WordPress faster instantly. And two WordPress plugin reduce site load time and improve speed. step by step guide mentioned below and load site much faster.
Before starting the optimization you can test website page speed given below.
Step 1: Install and configure W3 Total Cache Plugin
Go to the Plugins —> Installed Plugins from wp-admin panel and activate W3 Total Cache plugin.
Once installation is completed Performance tab would be appear into the left sidebar.
Click on the Performance — >General Settings from the sidebar.
- Under General check “Toggle all caching types on or off (at once)” option.
- Under CDN uncheck “Enable” option of “CDN”.
- Under Monitoring uncheck “Enable” option of “New Relic”.
Click on any Save all settings button.
Click on the Performance —> Minify from the sidebar.
Go to the HTML & XML section.
HTML minify settings check “Enable”,”Inline CSS minification”, “Inline JS minification” and “Line break removal”. Save all settings.
Click on the Performance —> Browser Cache from the sidebar.
Under the General section check “Set Last-Modified header”, “Set expires header”, “Set cache control header”, “Set entity tag (eTag)” and “Enable HTTP (gzip) compression”. Click on Save all settings.
Step 2: Install and configure WP Smush Plugin
Go to the Plugins —> Installed Plugins from the wp-admin panel and activate WP Smush plugin.
Click on the Media —> WP Smush from the sidebar.
Go to the Smush in Bulk section and click on Bulk Smush Now.
- WP Smush free version allows you to bulk smushing 50 attachments per request. So, once 50 attachments are completed, you need to click to start next 50 attachments new bulk smushing.