10 Ways to Speed up your blog
There are few more frustrating things to experience when visiting a blog, than a site that seems to move at a snail’s pace. With expectations of internet speed constantly on the rise, people have lost patience for waiting for websites to load. And even if your blog is one of the best out there in quality and content, you probably shouldn’t expect it to be much different when it comes to frustration from your followers if it isn’t performing to their standards. Even with great information, if it isn’t available promptly, you’ll likely be losing viewers. So if you’re concerned about the quickness of your site, here are some ideas that might help you speed up your blog.
If you are using WordPress for your blog, you may want to consider using the WP Super Cache plugin.
This plugin could make a significant difference in the overall speed of your site because it caches the page, which means fewer calls to the database and much faster page load speeds.
Limit Videos and Audio
Video posts, music clips, and similar content can eat up a ton of space on your server and also take much longer to download for the user compared to text.
While in some cases these design elements might be necessary to your blog post and its success, consider their size and whether they are really necessary before you go plastering them all over your site … especially if they preload!
Check Your Image Size
Sometimes it isn’t necessarily the number of images you use on your blog but the size of the ones you do use.
By checking and adjusting the size and format of your blog’s images, you may able to increase the speed of your site and simultaneously reduce your bandwidth usage.
If you are posting a lot of images on every post, then make sure you save them as optimized for the web to reduce their file size.
Alternatively, use a dedicated image host such as Imgur or Amazon S3.
Is it Your Host?
Maybe it isn’t the way you have your site configured that is slowing things down, but the efficiency of your host.
If your host’s servers are overloaded (because they cram as many accounts into as few boxes as possible), you might not be getting the best bang for your buck!
It might not be worth saving five or ten bucks a month if the poor user experience caused by a slow loading blog means losing a large portion of your visitors.
Use Pingdom’s Services
If you’re serious about a more in-depth analysis of your site, you might want to consider using a service such as Pingdom to monitor your blog.
While you will have to pay for this service, by utilizing their suite of tools you may be able to more easily detect issues that are slowing your blog down and then fix them.
Test Your Site
You don’t necessarily have to get fancy with this one, although you can if you like.
Testing your site (after clearing your history and flushing your cache) can be as simple as pulling it up as a visitor might see how it works.
Is it annoyingly slow? Does it take forever for images and videos to load? By testing your site periodically, you can ensure that your readers get the optimum experience when they visit.
Just make sure you test with a wide range of browsers and platforms, including smartphones.
Some bloggers tend to overload their sites with plugins and widgets. From counters and countdowns to games, puzzles, and quizzes, too many gadgets can slow down the speed of your blog (and also make it look ugly).
Consider the necessity of these items before sticking too many of them up on your site.
Split Content Into Multiple Pages
By breaking the content of your site into multiple pages, you may be able to increase the speed of longer posts.
Instead of listing 50 images along with text on a single post (which is fairly commonplace), why not split it up into 5 pages with 10 images and corresponding copy each using one of the many multipage plugins available?
Keep a Clean Database
If you’re using WordPress then you’re probably already acutely aware of how bloated your database can become.
Post revisions, trashed posts, tables for deleted or inactive plugins and tables of logged events (such as a redirection or 404 response code) all add to the bloat.
Maintaining a lean and efficient database will give your site a boost in terms of speed.
Use Google Page Speed
By installing the Google Page Speed Plugin for Firefox you can quickly and easily see what is causing your site to perform slowly.
It will let you know if images are oversized, whether Gzip compression is on or not, if you need to add cache expirations to resources such as images and CSS files as well as generate an optimized version of images.