If you’re clued up on SEO, you’ll know that page speed plays a crucial role in determining your blog’s search ranking position. Page loading times link directly to user experience and bounce rate so by having a speedy blog, you stand a much better chance of increasing your rankings!
So how do you go about speeding up your WordPress blog? Start by getting rid of any large images and plugins that aren’t adding any value to your blog. Then, we recommend downloading a speed plugin for WordPress, a couple of my favourites are listed below…
WP Super Cache
WP Super Cache is one of the most widely used caching plugins available for WordPress with over 1 million active installs and a star rating of 4.4 out of 5. Unlike many other caching plugins, it’s very straightforward to setup but also comes with settings for advances users, which can be used to get even more value out of the plugin.
Basically, this plugin speeds up your WordPress blog by generating static HTML files that are served through Apache, preventing the need for browsers to process heavy PHP scripts. Key features include:
- Support for multiple caching types
- Serve static HTML files
- Cache pre-load
- CDN support
99% of your readers will be served the static html files. In a nutshell, this allows allows them to benefit from faster page load times, which will in turn improve the user experience offered by your blog!
WP Super Cache is completely free to download from the WordPress plugin store.
Better WordPress Minify
For those who don’t know, minifying is the process of removing all white space from code. The white space in code may be useful for you, in terms of helping you to read it better but it’s not required by servers and browsers, in fact it makes the process of reading it longer for them.
The Better WordPress Minify plugin currently has over 50,000 active installs and an average rating of 4.6 stars out of 5. It is one of the best minifying plugins for WordPress.
Better WordPress Minify is very easy to use and can also be customised to meet your needs. This minifying plugin will optimise your code and make it quicker for browsers to read and process, therefore serving up pages much faster to your readers!
If you’re looking for a way to speed up your WordPress site, it’s highly recommended that you try a caching plugin like WP Super Cache and a minifying plugin like Better WordPress Minify. Both of these plugins will optimise your blog and allow for much quicker page loading times, boosting its user experience and allowing it to achieve higher rankings on search engines.
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