How I Speed Up My WordPress Site 10x Faster Than Before

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Optimizing your website speed is a big factor in the terms of SEO.

I have seen a lot of websites which are designed quite well and even they don’t have enough content also.

Yet, their page load speed is very slow.

Site load speed also considered as a major ranking factor by Google.

Based on data from Alexa, pages on fast-loading sites rank significantly higher than pages on slow-loading sites.

According to MunchWeb, 75% of users wouldn’t re-visit a site that took longer than 4 seconds to load.

So, Today I am writing this article to those people who are unable to speed up their website despite using WordPress.

How I Speed Up My WordPress Site?

There are a lot of plugins available to speed up a WordPress site.

With the right combination of tools, you can boost your website speed 10x faster as than before.

But First of all, You should know that your website speed depends on many factors like web hosting, SSL, caching and images on your website.

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These all thing play a major role to speed up your website.

So, you would have work on all these factors step by step to give a boost to your WordPress site.

Let’s talk at each point:

Web Hosting – As you might have heard, web hosting plays the most important role in speeding up your website.

So, Always choose the kind of web hosting which provides you good loading speed and high configurations for your website.

In my experience, ‘Siteground‘ and ‘Bluehost‘ provides top-notch services to their users.

Currently, I am using ‘Siteground hosting’ and it has been giving me good performance without any downtime.

SSL – After installing SSL on my website, I noticed my site loaded even faster than before.

That’s why, SSL matter to your website speed and makes you trusty before your audience.

Always use SSL on your website to perform better in the Internet world.

Caching – There are tons of caching plugin available for WordPress site. I tried many of them but didn’t get the good result.

After testing a lot of things on my site, I found such as two plugins which work great for me.

First, I optimized HTML, Javascript, and CSS codes on my site by installing the Autoptimize plugin.

Second, I installed Cache enabler plugin to get better WordPress performance and achieved the next level of caching without using CDN.

Images – Images are great for visualization but it can affect your overall website performance due to heavy load on your web page.

So what to do to perform better even using images on your website?

There are many plugins available to optimize the images for your WordPress site.

But after researched well, I found a great plugin name TinyPng which optimizes your all images without losing quality out of the box.

After setting it up, You no need to do nothing.

Whenever You’ll upload any new image on your WordPress site it’ll get optimized automatically.

So That’s all you can do to speed up WordPress site by using plugins, hosting and SSL.

But to get better performance, I had to go out of the box and found some useful codes to optimize my site speed.

Read also:

Here is how you can do the same to speed up your WordPress site

Insert all the codes given below into your .htaccess file to set the header expiry.

# BEGIN EXPIRES
<IfModule mod_expires.c>
    ExpiresActive On
    ExpiresByType text/plain "access plus 1 month"
    ExpiresByType image/gif "access plus 1 month"
    ExpiresByType image/png "access plus 1 month"
    ExpiresByType image/jpeg "access plus 1 month"
    ExpiresByType application/x-icon "access plus 1 year"
    
</IfModule>
# END EXPIRES
<IfModule mod_deflate.c>
  # Compress HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Text, XML and fonts
  AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/javascript
  AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/rss+xml
  AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/vnd.ms-fontobject
  AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/x-font
  AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/x-font-opentype
  AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/x-font-otf
  AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/x-font-truetype
  AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/x-font-ttf
  AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/x-javascript
  AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/xhtml+xml
  AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/xml
  AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE font/opentype
  AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE font/otf
  AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE font/ttf
  AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE image/svg+xml
  AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE image/x-icon
  AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/css
  AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/html
  AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/javascript
  AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/plain
  AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/xml
  # Remove browser bugs (only needed for really old browsers)
  BrowserMatch ^Mozilla/4 gzip-only-text/html
  BrowserMatch ^Mozilla/4\.0[678] no-gzip
  BrowserMatch \bMSIE !no-gzip !gzip-only-text/html
  Header append Vary User-Agent
</IfModule>

That’s all the thing which I have done to achieve the better performance.

Here is my speed test report from Gtmetrix after using all the techniques above.

 

my speed test

As you can see in the report above, my website load time is 1.0 second which is quite good even without using any CDN service.

Different speed test services show different results.

Here is another speed test report from Pingdom.

Pingdom speed test

As you can see here, It’s showing 705 ms load time which is under 1 second.

That looks great.

So that was all the method and techniques which helped me a lot to speed up my site speed 10x faster than before.

Now It’s your turn to give a boost to your WordPress site by using same techniques which I have used to speed up my site.

If you have any question or getting any trouble to speed up your WordPress site, comment your question here I’ll try my best to solve your problem.

If you found this article helpful, don’t forget to share with others who are struggling to speed up their WordPress site.

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Nazim Ansari
A passionate blogger from Rampur, Uttar Pradesh (India). I’m addicted to the internet world and love blogging a lot. Here on TutoXp, I like to share my experience with the world and help people to start their own business online. More about me
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6 Comments
  • Nekraj Jan 4, 2018 at 2:51 PM

    Nazim, but you have not tell us that what was your speed before it and what is the speed score after using all this.

    P.S Your blog design is just amazing. Tweeted it.

    • Nazim Ansari Jan 11, 2018 at 3:47 AM

      Sorry about that.
      I don’t have the old report of my speed test.
      But, I have shared my speed test report after implementing all the techniques above.

  • Sreehari Dec 30, 2017 at 2:26 PM

    Thanks for sharing.
    I’m using wp-rocket as a caching plugin.
    However, this is a great post

  • jide Dec 25, 2017 at 7:27 PM

    i have a question regarding the cache plugin i already installed WP-rocket and same code you mentioned is in my .ht-access, but not all, i use a another plugin for my image, but will try all this, thanks a lot.

    • Nazim Ansari Dec 25, 2017 at 7:29 PM

      Insert all the mentioned codes into your .htaccess file.
      Try TinyPng once you would love it.

      • jide Dec 25, 2017 at 7:32 PM

        Thanks am on it, I will give feedback soon 🙂

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