How to speed up your WordPress site
No one likes waiting around for a website to load so speed up your site and keep your visitors happy.
Site speed is important. If your website takes too long time to load, most people are gone before you have a change. Not only that, but Google included site speed in its search engine ranking algorithm. That means that your site’s speed effects SEO, so if your website is slow, you’re now losing visitors and reduced rankings in search engines.
In this tutorial, I will guide you how to speed up your wordpress site.
I. Remove Preloader
II. W3 Total Cache and Cloud Flare combination
1. Firstly, You need to install and active W3 Total Cache plugin. In the WordPress admin area, click on Plugins->Add new. You will see Search Box, Enter “w3 total” keyword here and then press Enter. Now you will see W3 Total Cache, click on Install Now button. Upon W3 Total Cache be installed, active it.
2. Now, please visit Performance -> Extensions and activate CloudFlare. Then and only then will the “Network Performance and Security powered by CloudFlare appear in the Performance > General Settings.
**Note: Please do not enable W3TC’s minify options and CloudFlare’s Auto Minify option at the same time. You will likely see issues with certain files with two minify options turned on, so please only choose on or the other.**
Security Level: You can choose the security level you want your site to have on CloudFlare.. A high security setting means more visitors will be challenged based on threat score, whereas a lower level means fewer challenged visitors.
Development Mode: You would want to toggle Development Mode on if you’re making changes to static content on your site.The W3TC CloudFlare settings require the following entries for CloudFlare:
CloudFlare account email address: The email address associated with your CloudFlare account.
CloudFlare API key: The CloudFlare API key can be found on your CloudFlare account
III. Choosing the best hosting
Recommend: http://wpengine.com/ or https://www.digitalocean.com/.
IV. Optimizing Images
Optimizing your images not only helps your WordPress site load faster, but can also boost your SEO. We recommend that you should use images with jpg format. You can also use optimization plugins such as : WP Smush.it, EWWW Image Optimizer.