Why WordPress Optimization is Paramount To Your Blogging Career
Here are some tips that are useful for WordPress optimization and better performance. It will reduce the CPU burden that WordPress puts on the server.
1 – Upgrade to the latest WordPress version.
Yes, you’re 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.
Sooner than later, you will need to upgrade to blocks (Gutenberg). 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.
2 – Remove unnecessary 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 the unneeded plugin. It’s taking up processing power on your
3 – Activate Plugins That Are Needed
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.
4 – Install “WP-Super-Cache”
If you’re really looking to improve your speed gains, then this is one that is paramount to increasing your website speed
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.
5 – Reduce PHP/Database Calls
6 – 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)
7 – 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.
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.)
8 – 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. It’s a rather simple task to do but it does close out another process that
9 – Turn Off The Formatting Options in Settings
In WordPress, under Settings->Writing uncheck both Formatting options. Especially turn off “WordPress should correct invalid nested X-HTML automatically”.
10 – Don’t Post Via eMail/Word
Write your posts in the default
There are plugin’s that help with getting rid of the garbage that word produces when copying and pasting to other apps or in this case, your blog. Just know that your MS Word doc is not the same when pasting to your blog.
11 – Use Summaries in Feeds.
Under Settings->Reading, select use Summaries in Feeds.
12 – 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
13 – 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.
14 – 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.
15 – 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 many WordPress blogs 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 so I can help my audience solve a problem. This will in turn help them help someone.
One entrepreneur tip is to outsource this type of ‘job’ unless you enjoy doing the maintenance on your blog(s).
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 building your tribe. Your tribe will thank you that you jumped in and blogged your heart out!
Blogging is for all ages and niches. Don’t get spooked thinking that you don’t know anything that would help someone out. You definitely have a talent, skill, or knowledge that can help out an entire tribe!
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 begin ranking on the top of Google and Bing.