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3 Tips To Give Your Wordpress A Boost In Speed

Speed is a very important factor in many aspects of life, and it is no different when it comes to your WordPress website. With a fast-loading website, you will be able to increase page views, improve the overall user experience and advance your SEO efforts. Here are three tips to help optimize the speed of your WP site.

Tip #1: Set Your Website to Show Excerpts

On your homepage as well as in your archives, WordPress is set to automatically show each article in its full entirety. Therefore, your homepage, tags, categories, and all other archive pages will load at a slower pace. Not only that but with the full articles showing, it causes a reduction in your page views and the amount of time that your visitors are spending on your website due to the fact that visitors simply don't need to click on the actual article. To help speed up your website's loading time, it is possible to set your WordPress site to display excerpts rather than the full content of individual articles.  

Tip #2: Avoid Directly Uploading Videos to WordPress

While it is true that you can upload videos directly to your WP website, at which time they will then be automatically displayed via an HTML5 player, this is not recommended. For one, you could find yourself going over your monthly bandwidth, which could result in being charged overage fees. In some cases, you may find that your website is nixed until you change your plan on the first rolls around. For two, hosting videos increases the size of your backup and makes it increasingly difficult to restore your website if the need ever arises.

A solution is to make use of a video hosting service. There are plenty of these services to choose from, such as YouTube, DailyMotion, Vimeo, etc. They have plenty of bandwidth, and you won't have to worry about your website getting shut down. With the built-in embedding feature in WordPress, you can simply copy and paste the URL of the video directly into your WP post, and it will automatically embed.

Tip #3: Stick to a Simple Theme

When deciding on a theme for your WordPress site, it is crucial that you don't overlook the importance of speed optimization. While you do want an attractive theme, you don't want to choose looks over quality. Many of the impressive-looking WP themes are not coded properly and will drastically slow your website down. Your best bet is to choose a simpler theme and focus on quality plug-ins to obtain the necessary features.

For more information, contact your preferred WordPress optimization services.