Blog loading time is one of the major factors that could affect your blogging success. If your site loading time is REALLY better, your readers will love to spend more time on it.
If not, you are losing them and you will probably increasing your bounce rates of the sites. Loading time is that important, so make sure you are following few tips to make your site loading time faster and better.
Use less plugins
Most new bloggers use too many plugins (most of them are not at all important, they won’t add any value to their blog readers) on their WordPress blogs. By using too many WP plugins, your site’s loading time gets even slower. Do you know that 80% of your site loading time depends on the plugins you use? Yes, the plugins impact will be more, so use only those plugins which are extremely useful.
Choose the best hosting
Hosting service plays a vital role in any site’s loading performance. Don’t use free or cheap hosting services, they might give you troubles in the loading time as cheap hosting services don’t provide much bandwidth, so whenever you get a huge traffic spike on your blog posts, your visitors won’t be able to navigate your sites because of cheap web hosting services.
Make sure you are using the best hosting service providers like Host Gator, Dream Host, Blue Host etc. I personally use and recommend Host Gator as it’s affordable, high quality service and used by many professional bloggers and webmasters.
Install W3 cache plugin
W3 cache plugin is just a gift to the WP users. This plugin will minify the unwanted caches to make your site loading time better. W3 Total Cache improves the user experience of your site by improving your server performance, caching every aspect of your site, reducing the download times and providing transparent content delivery network (CDN) integration.
Crush the images before you use
One of the major reasons your blog posts load slower is this, your images take very much time. It’s suggested NOT to use too many images on a single blog post, you can grab your reader’s attention to read your blog posts just by using one appealing images per each and every post.
And optimize the images even before you use. There are lots of sites available to crush the images, one of them are image optimizer.net. Or you can you WPSmushit plugin to optimize the images on your blog posts to improve the loading times of your sites.
Don’t play with CSS
If you are not aware of CSS code, don’t play with them. Most bloggers open their CSS files (theme files) to edit their design elements. What happens when you are not aware of coding? You are simply killing your own blog’s loading time! So, never play with CSS elements if you are not aware of them.
Use broken link checker
This is one of the best plugins to find and fix broken links on your WP sites. After all, we all need a great navigation system on any blog to spend our time, right? Don’t leave your blog with broken links and/or deadlinks.. they might kill your blog reputation and loading time too!
50 to 60% of the readers are using androids, mobiles etc to browse Internet (according to an online survey). What does it mean? If you want to make your blog go viral and reach wider audience, use responsive design. You can buy the themes like Thesis, Genesis, WooThemes etc which are by default comes out with responsive designs, they are worth each and every penny. So, invest money on your blog design to give your readers a better user experience.
To check your site loading time, use Pingdom tools. It’s one of the best tools to check your site performance, it will also let you know which factors are affecting your loading time.
Over to you
Do you have any more tips to make a site loading time faster?