Here are some WordPress Optimization Tips. WordPress is a great when it comes for blogs but many times you will find that your WordPress blog becomes painfully. This can be frustrating and time consuming. Here are a few tips which will help you optimize the performance of you WordPress blog.
- Check on the performance of any plugins you are using on your WordPress blog. Some plugins are very resource intensive and will definitely slow down your site. To check the plugins you will need to deactivate them and then spot check your site. If your site is running faster without the plugins, don’t worry, you do not need to get rid of all your plugins. Simply activate each plugin one at a time, then go back and spot check the site again. Paying particular attention to the areas that were previously running slowly. If, after activating one of the plugins, the site begins to run slow again, you have found the culprit. There are two choices you have if one of the plugins is the problem.
- Reducing the image file size is such an easy thing to do and will greatly improve the function of your WordPress blog if it is running slow. Photos taken with a typical digital camera are way too large in file size to be loaded onto a WordPress blog without reducing them in some way. Photoshop is the best way of reducing the size of an image. The ideal size for a WordPress photo is 96 dpi for resolution and about 280×280 pixels. Of course the size of the photo will change depending on the orientation (horizontal or vertical).
- If you seriously want to get rid of the speed problem then get Firefox browser, Firebug extension and Yslow plugin. Yslow module will allow you to get a performance score from 0-100. Getting your site to 80+ score should be your aim.
- Turn of Post Revision. For example, every time you “Save” a post, a revision is written to the database. If you do not need this feature you can easily turn it off by adding one line to your wp-config.php file, found in the installation directory of your WordPress site:
If you have run a blog with revisions turned on for a while, chance is you will have a lot of revision posts in your database. If you wish to remove them for good, simply run this query (for example using the mentioned WP-DBManager) plugin.
DELETE FROM wp_posts WHERE post_type = “revision”;
NOTE: Do this with care. If you are not sure what you are doing, make sure to at least create a backup of the database first or even better, ask a professional to help you.
- Set permalinks and switch blog name and post titles. The format should be Post titles and blog name.
- Give robots direction. Noindex wp-admin,login and register pages e.t.c
- Write better tittles- Use headspace2 or even all in one SEO.
- Write better meta descriptions. Don’t auto generate them.
- Create proper pagination.
- Disable paged comments.
- Backup your files and database either every hour or at least every day and optimize your database.
- Use Akismet to kill those spam queries.
- Use Uptime to know when your blog is down.
- Check 404’s. Use 404 notifier and fix them using Redirection.
- Allow and encourage people to submit your comment.
- Make sure your comments are gravatar enabled.