Why WordPress Optimization is Needed
Here are some tips that are useful for WordPress optimization and better performance. It will reduce the CPU burden by WordPress on the server.
- Upgrade your WordPress to the latest version – you are probably reluctant to upgrade if it’s already working but note that every WordPress update always contains bug fixes and improvements so there is no reason not to upgrade.This should be a priority in your quest for WordPress optimization! On the other hand, if you just don’t have the time to do this, Use a host that will do this automatically for you.
- Remove all the plugins – I know the plug-ins are nice but are you sure you really need those plug-ins? If you don’t need them, just delete it and only use only the ones that are necessary. You can always install it later if you need it.
- Only activate plug-ins when you need them – For example, you don’t need to activate a Theme previewing plug-in if you are not planning to change a theme. You don’t need to activate a WordPress database backup plug-in if you are not auto scheduling a backup, and so on.
- Install WP-Super-Cache if you haven’t. [Most Important One] It is clear that the wp super cache has great WordPress optimization while having the lowest overall resource hit on the server. It should always be using the least amount of memory and CPU time that it possibly can.
- Reduce PHP/Database calls as much as you can – Most CPU usage is caused by the number PHP and database calls. Using WP-Super-Cache helps this tremendously but sometimes it can’t be helped that your blog still has to do some PHP/Database calls. If you can reduce it though, do it. For example, if a plug-in allows you to set an option whether to write a log or not (like the number of spam comments caught, etc), then disable it. This will reduce the number of database insertion/update calls. As a technician on computer systems, I’ve found more wasted CPU processes spent on things that are not used. This one item will get WordPress optimization on the way quicker than anything I’ve said so far.
- Reduce the number of Widgets and other components – Although putting a weather widget or other widgets are cool, do you really need them? Besides cluttering your blog and turning visitors off it can also put a strain on the server. Turn them off!
WordPress Optimization Through Cpanel (Server-Side)
- Repair and Optimize. Your database gets updated several times a day, whether you’ve posted or not. There’s a lot of chance for errors there. The process can be completed through the cPanel.
- Under the Databases section, click on PHPMyAdmin –>> Select your WordPress database.
- Notice the table that appears. This contains all your posts, categories, comments, blogroll links, users, etc.
- Scroll to the bottom. Click on Check All.
- To the right of Check All you’ll find a drop down.
- Choose Repair
- Repeat the process and choose Optimize from the menu. (Note that you really only need to do this if you have a lot of overhead in your tables. Check it often.)
- Close Any Post Writing Pages When You’re Not Using Them – WordPress will Auto-Save and it uses server resources and builds up CPU usage.
- Turn Off The Formatting Options in Settings – In WordPress, under Settings->Writing uncheck both Formatting options. Especially turn off “WordPress should correct invalid nested XHTML automatically”.
- Don’t Post Via eMail/Word – Write your posts in the Write interface and copy/paste it into Word when you’re done or when you take a break. Don’t make WP spend time analyzing your Word file. Otherwise, you may opt to write what you have complete and save a draft, then close out your session.
- Use Summaries in Feeds. Under Settings->Reading, select use Summaries in Feeds.
- Turn Off Any eMail Notifications You Don’t Need – especially redundant ones. If you go to your blog often, don’t worry about having it e-mail you for comments. Just turn that off. This can be found Under Settings-Discussion
- Reduce File Sizes – Use Photoshop, Gimp etc to reduce the image size, and if you are uploading a video, make the file size as small as possible for faster downloading on a slower network connection. This is another big item to accomplish in your WordPress optimization.
- Rename Backup Files – the file wp-cron.php should be renamed to wp-cron.php.bak. This is a good one to do but not as important to do for your WordPress optimization.
- Switch To A Simpler Theme – if you’ve done all the optimizations above, you may need to switch to a simpler theme. There are many themes out there each one is programmed/designed differently by different developers. Do you research on each theme to see how fast they load? It may be just that one extra second that keeps your visitor on your page reading!
WordPress Optimization Complete!!
Now, I have run a WordPress blog and still do but I focus the majority of my time on blogging rather than maintenance of the blog. The biggest reason for blogging is to create an income and a following, right?
So why take your precious time doing WordPress optimization on your blog when your passion is blogging? It’s a whole mindset that isn’t well-known now. Blogging is so profitable that you won’t be able to fail if you decide to make a commitment to blogging rather than tinkering with that blog.
Now, start blogging and making money. Blogging is for all ages and niches.
Here are a few examples if you’re not sure what to blog about
- Real Estate
- Network Marketing
- Internet Marketing
- Personal Bloggers
- Local business
- Saving money
…and the list goes on!
These are just a few of the types of blogs you can write about. Now that you have a WordPress blog and it’s been optimized like it should be, create about 10 posts (if you’re new) and ranking on the top of Google and Bing.