WordPress is the most common blogging/website/CMS software. More than 40% of all the websites on the entire internet run on WordPress. If you are here it means that you are already a WordPress user. And you must be facing one of the most common WordPress problems. 

Common WordPress problems:

  1. ​Speed
  2. Time to interactivity
  3. Plugin Malware
  4. Broken theme CSS
  5. Low score in Google Lighthouse
  6. Bad performance in Core Web Vitals

In this post, we will learn how to improve the speed of a WordPress site. You should know that the speed of your site does affect your search ranking.

Reasons for Slow Speed

  1. Cheap/Shared web hosting
  2. Bad theme
  3. Number of plugins
  4. Bad plugins
  5. Unoptimized images
  6. More traffic

1. Cheap/Shared web hosting

WordPress is a heavy engine in general and using cheap/shared web hosting can be a huge bottleneck for speed. In such hosting environments, your site is thrown onto a server with several other sites which right be consuming a lot of server resources. 

2. Bad theme

As the WordPress ecosystem blew up so did the number of themes. Chances are you might be using a heavy theme with a lot of unoptimized code.

3. Number of plugins

A high number of plugins can put a load on your server which will increase page loading time.

4. Bad plugins

Malware plugins or plugins with bad code can degrade the speed as well.

5. Large images

One common issue is that users tend to upload high-res images into their WordPress sites. This increases page loading time for readers.

6. More traffic

If your blog/site is getting more traffic then it will put an unreasonable load on your web hosting. 


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Step by Step process to increase the speed of your WordPress site

  1. Faster hosting
  2. Light-weight theme
  3. Debug plugins
  4. Compress Images
  5. Use a cache plugin
  6. Use Cloudflare

1. Faster hosting

Switch to a better WordPress hosting that matches your current traffic load. Look at VPS plans from BlueHost, Kinsta.

2. Light-weight theme

Switch to a faster and lightweight theme. There are a number of such themes available for free. Look at GeneratePress, HelloElementor, and Astra.​

3. Debug Plugins

First of all, uninstall or deactivate unused plugins. Next, remove plugins that have low/bad ratings.

4. Compress Images

Always compress images before uploading to WordPress. You can use tinypng.com for free. Otherwise, you can install a free plugin like Smush to automatically compress images whenever you upload them. 

5. Cache Plugin

Use WP-Cache plugin to respond faster to your visitors. 

6. Use Cloudflare

Cloudflare is a free CDN service. Your blog will speed up considerably upon using this plugin. Beware this is a relatively new plugin, you might face some bugs.

Conclusion

Once you have done all the above steps, you should see a considerable boost in your WordPress site or blog. However, you need to keep track of all these parameters from time to time to ensure that the speed remains. 

Instead, you can try an auto-optimizing blogging platform like Superblog. You can focus on writing content instead of maintenance of your blog + server.