No matter what you do for a living, there is a big chance that you are running a website dedicated to your business. After all, the number of websites keeps growing steadily as there are now more than 1.7 billion sites on the Internet.

Now, every website runs on a content management system (CMS) and WordPress is by far the most popular choice among webmasters of all levels of knowledge and skills. A report reveals that WordPress powers 34% of all websites on the Internet, but the platform’s market share goes as high as 60%.

Users love WordPress because it’s simple and easy to figure out, but they still need to know a few basics in order to keep their sites running smoothly and efficiently. In this post, we will show you nine WordPress performance tips that are suitable for everyday users. Let’s take a look!

Find a Reliable Hosting Provider

Many webmasters make a simple mistake of choosing cheap but unreliable hosting providers. A typical user does it because he/she is not expecting a huge amount of traffic and therefore is not willing to invest in WordPress hosting.

Jake Gardner, an essay writer in charge of IT topics, claims this is a big mistake: “As soon as you create an army of loyal fans, you will notice that your site is slowing down. This is why I recommend you to pick a well-known provider such as Page.ly, WP Engine, or Bluehost.”

Pick a Good Theme

A theme is a collection of templates and style sheets used to define the appearance and display of a WordPress powered website. As such, it has an overwhelming impact on website performance because people love to see a beautiful online presentation.

Now, you can find a lot of WordPress themes with “one size fits all” solutions. While it may seem tempting, we encourage you to opt for a specific niche-focused theme. How come? Generic themes are covering all sorts of features – even the ones you don’t really need.

For this reason, you should pick a narrow theme that suits your business needs. If you visit a website such as Best Essays, Assignment Service, or EssayEdge, you will realize they use the same sort of theme because it gives them only those features academic writing agencies might need.

Choose the Right Plugins

WordPress themes determine the appearance of your site, while plugins help you to make the website better and more efficient. Just like a theme, you should also be smart enough to choose the right tools for your business demands. Generally speaking, almost every website needs plugins to enable search engine optimization, online security, contact forms, email marketing, content creation, and similar.

Remove the Plugins You Don’t Need Anymore

Every day WordPress users are known for their “set it and forget it” philosophy. This often turns out to be a disastrous habit because hackers take advantage of outdated plugins to attack WordPress websites.

If you know that over 50% of WordPress vulnerabilities come from plugins, then you understand how important it is to uninstall the tools you’re not using anymore.

Take Advantage of Excerpts on Homepage and Archives

Another thing you can do to make the website more functional is to take advantage of excerpts on the homepage and archives. Namely, WordPress will automatically load and display the entire content on a given page, which is a surefire way to degrade website performance.

If you really think that visitors should read the whole thing, then you can leave the function as is. But if you think excerpts are enough, then follow this pattern:

  • Settings → Reading → For each article in a feed, show Summary

Minimize the Size of Images

Visual content is always burdening WordPress websites, so you should consider minimizing the size of your images. Photos that are too big will make the site slower, which is a big deal in the world where almost 60% of visitors leave a page if it takes longer than three seconds to load.

The easiest solution is to use lighter images and avoid gigantic files. Another option is to install a plugin such as Smush Image Compression and Optimization to make visual content go easy on your site.

Split Comments into Pages

When your website becomes very popular, you can expect people to start writing lots of comments all over the place. While this is a sign of professional success, it can also jeopardize performance because comment loading increases the overall speed of your website. If you want to prevent this problem, go to Settings once again:

  • Settings → Discussion → Break comments into pages

Optimize a WordPress Database

As you keep creating new posts and adding fresh content to the website, you can expect WordPress to get slower gradually. In such circumstances, you should not hesitate to optimize a WordPress database because that’s where all the information is stored.

You can do it manually through settings, but a much simpler solution is to install a WP Sweep plugin. This tool will help you to get rid of many redundant features in these (and many other) segments of the site:

  • Auto drafts
  • Deleted comments
  • Revisions
  • Orphaned user meta
  • Transient options
  • Unapproved comments
  • Unused terms

Keep Your System Up To Date

Do you know that almost 40% of hacked WordPress websites were using an outdated version of the platform? This means that webmasters who neglect updates are likely to suffer from malicious attacks.

The only logical response to the threat is to keep your WordPress system up to date. Every time you see there’s a new version available, take your time to upgrade and solidify both the performance and security of your website.

Conclusion

WordPress is responsible for the functioning of more than a third of all websites currently available online. Users appreciate the platform because it’s super-easy to figure out, but some of them are still not able to identify the most important functions of the CMS.

In this article, we analyzed nine WordPress performance tips suitable for everyday users. Remember our tips and make sure to leave a comment if you need additional explanations – we would be glad to help you out!

Justin Osborne

Justin Osborne is a writer at Assignmentgeek and Edugeeksclub, he loves to share his thoughts and opinions about education, writing and blogging with other people on different blogs and forums. Currently, he is working as a content marketer at EssayWritingLab and Assignment Holic Service.

This Post Has 44 Comments

  1. Emmanuel

    Never knew that comment load speed affects the overall loading speed of a WordPress site, I love the idea of splitting comments into pages to preventing such problem.

  2. Scrascom

    We are planning moving our E-commerce site from SaaS platform to WP shop. We are looking for the fastest and lightest platform to get good Google’s speed index. Is OceanWP right way to get it done?

    1. Alex de Borba

      All themes require optimisation at some point, especially when running WooCommerce. A reliable host, proper caching and CDN delivery, besides configuration tweaks are always a good start. OceanWP offers quite a few WooCommerce demos which you might want to take a look, and our support is here to help you.

  3. PeterP

    I love the OceanWP theme. Unfortunately, it’s a little slow when it comes to viewing it on a mobile. What would be great is a way to edit how it appears to mobile users. Have excerpts etc. instead of showing the whole post with images. Is there a way to do this?

  4. Kathir

    Great article thanks for sharing awesome tips with us.

  5. Happymod

    Removing unnecessary plugins works great.

    It improves the performance of my site somewhat.

    Thanks for the tips that really useful for beginner users like me.

  6. PeterP

    Do not use the Sweep plugin, it just cost me all my posts.

  7. GHDSPORTS

    Everything is very open and very clear explanation for step by step keep moving, waiting for more updates, thank you for sharing with us.

  8. GHDSPORTS

    Very nice and creative blog. Really very good one. Thank you for sharing. best regard

  9. GHDSPORTS

    Thanks for giving great kind of information. So useful and practical for me. Thanks for your excellent blog, nice work keep it up thanks for sharing the knowledge WordPress Performance Tips for the Everyday User

  10. Eve

    Toute l’info exclusivement en langue anglaise, ça devient lourd pour affiner ses réglages. Ce serait tellement plus utile si les articles étaient traduits en français…

  11. Vishwajeet Kumar

    Hello Justin,

    Thanks for sharing these awesome tips. Speed up your website is very important. I am also using these techniques to boost up my WordPress blog. Wp-Sweep is a great plugin to clean up and optimize the database. Brilliant Tips

    Regards,
    Vishwajeet Kumar

  12. Haji Furoda

    Based on my opinion, if we have good hosting, our wordpress website will be fast, no need other optimization, but of course, optimization still needs.

  13. Siva

    Any affects in the keyword position in SERPs if I split comments?

    Need your views.

  14. Sasha

    ummm Honestly i did all these things.. yet my website is not upto the mark. still i m trying to figure out how to settle things

  15. Kevin

    Can you answer this: Using page builders like elementor and plugins like Essential adds on for elementor can increases page size?

    I’m using Ocean WP and Elementor + some additional plugins for elementor and my site speed is perfect but the page size is a little bigger (1.8 MB). So, what can I do?

    1. Alex de Borba

      Page loading can be affected by additional plugins, as they often load their assets, it all depends of the way you approach the building of your website. Personally speaking, I tend to use OceanWP with Elementor, and the use of additional addons remains out of my workflow. The less plugins I run, the better.

      I would suggest you to use a caching plugin such as WP Rocket, and setup accordingly, it will definitely help on page load.

  16. Disha

    Hi, I want to use the OceanWP Pro theme for my amazon affiliate website. I checked all your demos but couldn’t find any suitable template for the same. Since I am not a technical person, I don’t know much about website designing.

    Please suggest any demo where I can see what I am looking for.

    thank you
    Disha

    1. Alex de Borba

      We have quite of a selection of WooCommerce demos that may suit your needs, depending of what you intend to do, our Bundle includes direct support which means we will be here to assist you in order to clear your doubts and have your project concluded in a fashionable manner.

  17. Dawid

    Great article. Surely we will consider all the facts mentioned here in the future. Especially optimizing WordPress is very crucial.

  18. chrisgail

    Nice information for every user who wants to make his performance very well so that he ma popular among the audience.

  19. jhon din

    Great article, thanks for sharing amazing tips with us. Have excerpts, etc., instead of displaying the entire post with images. Is there a way to do this?

  20. roman davis

    Great info! I recently came across your blog and have been reading about your performance every day. I appreciate your hardworking and tips for a new user.

  21. lemposer

    really love read every article published bu oceanwp, learned many things implemented on my site getting good results.

  22. Urdu Novels

    This is extremely helpful info!! Very good work. Everything is very interesting to learn and easy to understand. Thank you for giving information.

  23. Mateo

    You chose the good platform for WordPress platform because you can easily maintain WordPress admin panel, create a blog, shows image and ext

  24. jiya32323

    Any affects in the keyword position in SERPs if I split comments?

  25. Joe

    I am using OceanWP for my blog. SUPER theme and glad I found it.
    Just one minor thing that is something I can not find to fix.
    The “continue reading” button on the main page…
    Is there a way to make it open in a new tab?
    As it is right now, it opens in the same window…taking the visitor away from the main page of my blog.
    Thank you,
    Joe

    1. Marko Stolibojković

      Hello Joe,

      Thanks for taking the time to share the feedback, and especially for your kind words.

      For all OceanWP theme and Ocean extensions related topics, especially topics unrelated to the article, please join our Facebook Community Support group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OceanWP/

      As for the “issue” mentioned, you can resolve it by using a child theme and then copying the partials/entry/readmore.php file from the theme into to child theme’s folder following the same path, then adding: target=”_blank” into the link.

      Best regards

  26. Alexander

    Best WordPress optimization tutorial I’ve seen or read. i don’t leave comments very often on blog, but this blog is an amazing, i’m going to try all what ive just learnt, thanks for this and keep up the good work.

  27. Jitender Singh

    Thanks, Justin! I found these tips helpful. Moreover, a cache plugin like WP Rocket or Litespeed cache optimizes the overall performance of WordPress sites.

  28. Gladwin

    I will optimize my images and I use WP rocket plugin for clearing cache. I personally tried and feels good after using wp rocket plugin.

    Regards

    Gladwin

    1. Alex de Borba

      You may want to give it a try to Imagify as well, as it works quite well alongside with WP Rocket.

  29. YouTech

    Never knew that comment load speed affects the overall loading speed of a WordPress site, I love the idea of splitting comments into pages to preventing such problem.

  30. gauri

    thanks a lot for the information keep working you are one of inspiration for all the bloggers and using your theme from a long time and its working fine for me.

  31. My firm website build with WordPress using the Elementor Page builder. Earlier I have used the W3 total cache then mess up switched to w3Rocket it works well.

    Thanks
    Cuion Technologies
    Lakshmi – CEO

    1. Alex de Borba

      You are most welcome, and we are glad to know the post somehow helped.

  32. Ibrahim Garba

    Never knew auto-draft, Revisions, and unapproved comments slow WordPress performance. I installed WPsweep plugin and cleared tons of them. Thank you.

  33. Modly

    Thank you sir for your info keep shared with us..

  34. Deepak

    Hello Justin,

    Great blog. Complete guide for the beginners to optimize their website for speed and Seo and also helps to rank higher on Google.

    Regards,
    Deepak

  35. Eddie

    Very nice blog post. In my point of view, comments aren’t a big factor to reduce site speed. You may split the comments into pages like pagination. But the user’s experience will be bad. Anyhow it is amazing content.

  36. Annie Anderson

    much obliged for offering stunning tips to us. Have passages, and so forth, rather than showing the whole post with pictures. Is there an approach to do this?

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