Improve Your WordPress Website Performance

If you’re running your website on WordPress CMS and it’s running slower then you’d like. Well, you’ve come to the right place to learn how to speed up your site and improve its performance.

I recently watched an episode from The Digital Block about improving your WordPress websites speed.  So, I implemented their tips on this site as it’s only a few months old and I haven’t really done anything to improve its performance.

I’m going to share with you the 4 plugins that I used to improve the websites performance.

Before I tell you what plugins to get and install; make sure you go and get a baseline of how your website currently performs.  I used both PageSpeed Insights and Pingdom Website Speed Test

Here are my baselines:

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WordPress Site Speed baseline
WordPress Website Speed Test

So what I did is downloaded and installed the following WordPress Plugins:

Autoptimizer – helps you save bandwidth by aggregating and minimizing JS, CSS and HTML.

WP Fastest Cache – Best Reviewed for Cache

Leverage Browser Caching Ninjas – quickly leverage browser caching on your website making you more compliant with Google’s PageSpeed Insight rules.

WP Smush – reduces the file size of images

Once you’ve downloaded all the plugins you’ll need to install them. (Make sure you backup of your site, just like you should when doing any update to your website)

  • Log into your WordPress Website
  • On the left side go to Plugins and select Add New
  • At the top you’ll select Upload Plugin (Upload One At A Time, do not activate yet)
  • Once they are all uploaded go to your Installed Plugins and begin to activate one at a time (if for any reason your site breaks you’ll know the plugin that caused it)

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Activate Autopitmize and then go to its Settings and make sure that Optimize HTML, Optimize JavaScript Code, and Optimize CSS Code are all checked off.

Activate Leverage Caching Ninja, then go to its Settings and make sure that it’s Enabled.

Activate WP Smush, then go to its Settings and make sure that Smush Images on Upload is enabled. Then scroll down and you’ll see a Bulk Smush Now button that will compress the file sizes of your images; Click Bulk Smush Now.  There is a paid version of the plugin that will Smush any size file, but the free version works great. (Give it time to do its thing)

Activate WP Fastcache and then select WP Fastcache from the left side. At the top you’ll enable the plugin and select Minify HTML and hit Submit.

Now this is where I ran into a little issue.  When I hit Submit I received an error that said:

Speed up WordPress site

I previously had WP Super Cache installed and removed it a few months back and what happens is that not all the files/code are removed from the site.  I found this article that tells you how to manually remove WP Super Cache.

The steps I took were:

  1. Remove the WP_CACHE define from wp-config.php. It looks like define( 'WP_CACHE', true );
  2. Remove the Super Cache mod_rewrite rules from your .htaccess file.
  3. Remove the files wp-content/advanced-cache.php
  4. Remove the directory wp-super-cache from your plugins directory.

Once you do that you can go back and Enable WP Fastcache and check off Minify HTML and hit Submit. Once you submit you want to also go to the next Tab and Delete Cache.

If you’ve followed the steps above you’ll find that your website will be performing better.

Here is how it improved my site:

Wordpress website speed improved
Wordpress plugin site speed improved
speed improved WordPress website

As you can see there was a significant improvement in the speed & performance of the website after implementing the Plugins mentioned above.

If you feel that this is something that you’d like done on your website and you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself just Contact Us and we’ll help you out.

About Jose Victor Castellanos

Jose has a passion for helping businesses understand and utilize internet marketing strategies to grow their businesses. Providing marketing consulting for over 5 years.