Use Caching plugins to Speed Up WordPress
When a request is made to your site, WordPress processes php scripts and generates html, and other content. With a caching plugin, the processed html content from a previous request can be saved and sent on the next request without running any php scripts, thus cutting page load time.
Some great caching plugins include WP Rocket and WP Fastest Cache. These can help you boost your WordPress performance.
Delete Unused Plugins and Themes
Aside from the fact that you should always keep your plugins and themes up to date, deleting unused ones is the next step to a speedy site. Not only do unused plugins and themes present security vulnerabilities, but they can also detract from WordPress site performance.
To delete unused plugin, you’ll first need to deactivate it. Then you can go to your inactive plugins list and delete the ones you no longer want.
Clean Up Your Media Library
Over time you might start to accumulate images that are no longer used. To free up space, you should consider removing unused media.
Minify and combine WordPress code
To minify your code means to remove unnecessary characters, spaces, and lines, to make the file smaller. The resulting smaller size would also mean the code loads faster and your WordPress speed improves.
Images are important to every website. You cannot write captivating content, showcase items for sale, or tell a story on your travel or news blog without using good images.
However, images are usually larger in size than most other content on your webpage and can slow your site down.
There are two major things you can do to make your images load quickly:
– First, you should save your images using the right file format. For colorful, real life images, use JPG. For line art, simple graphic works, and text heavy images (such as screenshots), use PNG.
– Second, you can use image compression to reduce the size of your images.
Redirects have some uses, but unnecessary redirects, such as 301 redirects and redirect chains, can really slow things down. It’s best to reduce the amount of additional information requests that your server undertakes.