Update: Please see the new version on how to speed up wordpress instead
Everyone love sites that load fast for them and i’m pretty sure that some of you even might close the tab of the currently loading site if you feels the site you’re trying to open didn’t load fast enough for you. And so here in this post, i decided to wrote a few tips that perhaps might help you prevent losing potential visitors
Use minimalist theme
As for the CSS files, you can try removing the comment on the stylesheet directly using your favorite text editor such as notepad. Or you can try using various shareware or freeware css editor.
Enable GZip Compression
Fortunately WordPress already have a built in function to compress your webpage using GZip compression. It’s under Options -> Reading .. and of course if your site visitor using a gzip compatible browser, they can access your site much faster. And if you want to check how big your page size is (including external files, script used on your blog, etc) you can go to this page.
Use required plugins only
That means only use the required wordpress plugins on your site without anything else and this goes especially for the new blogger that use WordPress as their blogging platform. As a side note, if your site get lots of visitors daily, you might try using WP-Cache plugins on your blog.
Forget about those blog ranking image
If you have already visit this site before, i’m sure you’ve seen some of those in my blog. Although it’s great to see how your blog performing on the internet but there’s one drawback. Because it is using remote image (image that’s stored on somewhere else not on your site), if the server those image stored is not available, it’ll slow down your site. (trust me every blog ranking image that is used on this blog before, has a downtime issue for several times and because of this issue it makes my site slow)
Enable Object Cache
By default wordpress 2.0.4 / 2.0.5 doesn’t enable object cache, but you can enable it easily by adding these lines at your wp-config.php files to enable object cache :
and to set it’s expiration time you can add this line :
the number define how many seconds before the wordpress cache expire. Btw by using these, it have succeed on reducing the number of queries used on my blog here, although when enabled at the first time it gives you a high queries usage, but the next time you open that page, the number of queries used will be decreased (if it’s for me the queries used on homepage, decreased by 16).
Okay that’s all for website optimization tips … see ? direct and to the point unlikemy previous writing style :D