There’s nothing worse than going to a blog to wait, wait, and wait because it takes forever to load. The faster your page’s load time, the happier your website visitors.
When’s the last time you checked your website? How fast do your pages load? Two of my favorite tools to check are,
- Google’s PageSpeed Insights: Google makes it as easy as green and red and gives you ways to improve your blog’s speed.
- Web Page Test: This tool checks your page speed as well as choosing the specific browser.
What if you find out your website is slow? What can you do to increase blog speed?
You’ve tested your blog and discover it’s super slow. How do you fix your blog’s snail pace? Each of the tools I listed above gives suggestions, but below are 4 common reasons your pages load slow and suggestions to fix them.
I love images. They make your text and blog more visually appealing and can help get your message across to those reading your website. As wonderful as they are, they’re extremely heavy.
How to fix it: Images come with a lot of “gunk” embedded in them. It’s all that “gunk” and file size that make your images drag your blog down. Never fear! There are tools to help you compress your images so they’re not so heavy. Don’t worry about sacrificing image quality. Your images shouldn’t look any different after compression. No one will know you’ve got compressed images but you, your blog, and your server, all of which will be happier!
Here are 2 tools that can compress your images without sacrificing quality.
- TinyPNG: Tiny png will compress your .jpg and .png files. Just upload, compress, download, and add to your blog!
- Image Optimizer: This tool allows you to upload your image, choose the quality you need and your image is ready for your blog!
Note: Compression doesn’t take the place of having the correct image size. Use the correct image size before compressing.
Plugins are wonderful and make your blog perform all the cool tricks it does, but they can be heavy and sometimes they don’t play well together. How do you know which plugins are giving your WordPress blog the slow loading blues?
How to fix it: There is a plugin called P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler). P3 will show you exactly which plugin is causing the biggest issue. This information tells you what plugins are loading the slowest, allowing you the opportunity to find a different plugin and replace it with something lighter!
Once you’re done with the plugin, don’t forget to uninstall it!
What hosting company you choose makes a big difference with your website’s speed. I highly recommend managed WordPress hosting rather than the usual shared hosting. Why does it matter?
I compare shared hosting and WP managed hosting with a General Doctor and a Specialist. Shared hosting can host any website, no matter the platform in which it is built (General Doctor). Shared hosting crams a bunch of websites on a server. WP Managed Hosting focuses solely on WordPress websites. They know WP inside and out and because of this, are very familiar with what needs to happen for them to perform at maximum performance (Specialist), which is why managed hosting is more expensive.
There are several ways to make sure your blog is moving quickly; compressing your images, finding out which plugins are slowing you down, and choosing the right hosting company are three easy ways to make sure your blog visitors have a wonderful experience while visiting your online home.
Is your blog slow? Have you tried any of the recommendations above?
See ya later!