Making our blog readers having a good user experience is what all blog owners are striving for. Believe it or not there are much more work in blogging than just writing – apart from the writing part of blogging, there is still the maintaining part of it, like; optimizing your database, cleaning those unwanted plugins, editing some CSS codes and more…
Optimizing our blog for a better performance is what every blogger should think of before facing other aspect of blogging.
Why do we need to optimize our blog?
√ First we all need a faster blog for all search engines to love and care for our blog :).
√ With a slow blog, your readers are bound to leave your blog the same way they came and they might never come back.
√ A slow blog suck bandwidth
√ Running a slow blog will always use up your CPU usage which might lead to your account been ban or suspended by your hosting provider.
√ A non-optimized blog is bad for any bloggers health and I know you must have notice by now :).
Top 5 Must Have Plugins For A Better WordPress Optimization
You can actually reduce your blog work load with the help of some few plugins that I am about to show you today. So without wasting much of our time, I’ll just run into the matter at hand.
Ok! The first plugin on my list should be:
1. W3 total cache: – W3 total cache is one of the best caching plugin I have ever laid my hands on. W3 total cache also known as W3TC is one plugin I will advice all bloggers to have for a better blog performance.
W3TC has enough advance options to optimize any WordPress blog. But to be honest with you, it is a little bit difficult to configure properly if you’re not tech inclined :). But do not worry because I have written a post on how to set it up, you can your self by following the link: How To Speed Up Your WordPress Blog With W3 Total Cache (W3TC)
Incase you still find the W3TC hard to touch, you can try out WP Super Cache but I assure you that W3TC Is more matured and works better 🙂
2. Smuch It: – Smuch.It plugin is a product from yahoo, which I know most of us must have known by now. What smush.it really does is – it takes your images and hosts them on yahoo server so your blog won’t have to load some extra MB.
I will definitely advice any blogger that uses images on their blog to use this little but effective plugin.
3. Clean Option: – Ahhh… this plugin has helped me countless of times to battle the war between me and my databases.
When we delete a plugin that is not useful to us, the remnant will still be in your databases and if you do not delete this remnant, with time it will cause great harm to your blog. That’s where clean option comes in – with clean option plugin, you can delete all your deleted plugins leftovers so your databases will be free…
4. Wp-optimize: – I know that almost all bloggers uses these little but most powerful plugin. If you are not using it let me tell you what it actually does:
→ It allows you to remove all post revisions
→ It repairs your databases
→ It clears all auto draft posts, spam comments and many more…
Now tell me why haven’t you added it to your collection :)?
5. MobilePress/Wptouch: – We all want a fast and responsive blog, right? What these mobile themes do is; it compresses your blog by making it easier and friendlier for your mobile visitors.
But nowadays most premium themes do make their themes responsive so it can be viewed on both mobile and pc. In case you’re not using responsive theme, trying mobilepress or wptouch wouldn’t be a bad idea 🙂
The plugins above have seriously helped me in speeding up my blog, reduced my CPU usage and many more… If you are not using any of the above mentioned plugin, I’d advise you to start using them but do remember that too much of plugin is bad for your blogging health, so keep it simple and keep it minimal 🙂
Back to you
Ha… it looks like I have said so much about so much, now it’s time to pass the ball to you :).
I just gave 5 plugins that is great for optimizing any blog on the WordPress platform. Now, can you mention any other plugin aside the ones I mentioned above? If yes, then please do share with us by using the comment box below.
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