Does your website feel slow? Does it take a couple of minutes for your website to fully load? If so, then you’re definitely going to want to do something about it. If it’s frustrating for you to wait for your website to load imagine how visitors to your site feel!
Let me first say that your site could be running slow for a couple of different reasons:
- The site itself is not optimized properly for speed (which this post will address)
- You have a terrible hosting company
The WordPress plugins I’m going to discuss below will address the site optimization issue but not your hosting. If your site is still super slow after installing these 3 WordPress plugins you might want to take a look at switching to a new host.
1. WP Smush
Image compression is very important for having a speedy site. This is especially true if you have an image-based or image-heavy website. After you install the plugin it will scan your media library and compress all the images you already have uploaded. Going forward it will compress any new images at the time you post them.
Don’t worry about it messing up your image quality or damaging the user experience. It’s not going to change how images look to your readers, it’s only going to change how the images load and make it more efficient.
WP-Optimize is a great plugin for keeping your WordPress databases clean and optimized. This plugin will clean out all the junk that builds up over time in WordPress and optimize your database tables. You would be amazed how many old post drafts and revisions pile up on your site over time. All that junk makes WordPress slow and bloated.
This is no different than when your computer is running slow and you run a program like CCleaner or CleanMyMac to clean out and optimize the hard drives on your computer. The same thing applies to your WordPress site and WP-Optimize will do the trick.
If you’ve never done any kind of optimization to your WordPress site and it’s loading really slow these 3 plugins will likely improve things for you. I recommend measuring the loading time of your website before and after installing these plugins to see how much difference it makes.
Try these sites for measuring website load times:
Do you have any tips or plugins that have worked well on your WordPress site? Share them in the comments.