“I love my blog” – I know you must have heard me say that about a million times, but that’s how the feeling is when you are in love with something spectacular, right? Because I love my blog, I always look for new and exciting ways to improve its speed and make it more ‘user’ friendly :). I do believe that without speed, our blog is as good as dead, right? So let me ask you this question – how fast is your blog?
Many blogs we have today load sluggishly maybe or because of what the blogger did to his/her blog knowingly or unknowingly. Why do you play with your blog codes, when you do not know anything about coding or Why do you have that much plug-ins? I’d like you to answer those questions within you.
Benefits of running a fast blog
There are a lots of benefits surrounding a fast blog and few of the benefits are stated below:
- Adsense earnings will increase
- Your traffic will increase and stable
- It will improve your Alexa rank
- It will improve your blog search visibility
- Your bounce will reduce
- Add your benefits here
5 Best Ways To Speed Up A Slow Blog
We all want our blogs to be reliable to our readers, right? So improving our blog speed is also one way to make our readers stay and wanting more from our blogs.
So on this note; I am bringing my first step, which is:
Cut down as many plug-in as possible
How many plug-in(s) do you use on your blog? plugins are great for our blogs, right? It can indeed open ways for unlimited possibilities. It can make you do whatever you think of turning your blog into and more… but as great as our plugins may look, it can shut down your blog if you abuse its privileges :).
Plugins do use up a lot of our database resource, so the more your plug-ins the more your database gets heavy which will lead to your blog sluggishness. Here is how it goes::: Heavy database → → leads to slow blog → → eventually gets crash → → your host provider ask for an upgrade or move out.
What to do?
- Try to minimize your plugin to its minimal
- Remove plugins that’s not so important
- Remove similar plugins that do the same or similar works
Optimize your blog and databases professionally
Our database is the main structure of our blog, hope you know that? “Any” problem our database encounters, affects our blog.
Now tell me, how many times do you check and clean your database? Do you know that all the plugins you have been uninstalling for months or years is piling up in your database? If you don’t do something about that, you are going to wake up some day and discovered that your blog has crashed.
I have previously written a post on how to take good care of your database – you should read it here: How To Permanently Uninstall Any WordPress Plugins
Images are beautiful but…
Image(s) helps our blog look unique and more interesting to read. Every blogger you come across (even i) will advise you to use image on your blog posts. As they say “Images can express a 1000 thoughts” (hope I got it right) :). But do you know that images that are not optimized can drag your blog load time?
How can I optimize my images?
Before I use any image on my blog, I make sure I reduce the size using photoshop and then after uploading it, I use smush.it plugin to reduce the size even more :). Now you can see that I have reduced my blog load time.
If you do not have photoshop or any online image “re-sizer”, then smush.it plugin is just the best choice for you.
Your host can be your worst nightmare
Your host provider has a big part to play in making your site load faster, so it is best to pay more attention when selecting a host provider.
How do I know the best host?
- Make a proper research before buying any host
- Cheaper hosting is bad and can kill your blog
- do not provide what they promise and lots more…
Hey, if your host is not providing you with what they should, move on to the next :).
Content Delivery Network (CDN) can be your friend you know…
Let’s face it; most of the hosting providers out there are just not worth it because they can literally kill your blog. So using a CDN service for your blog might just be the best thing you could ever think of.
What CDN actually does is, it serve content to end-users with high availability and high performance. There are paid CDN that can work brilliantly for you but in case you do not have money to pay for CDN, they are free ones out there that can serve you as better as the paid ones.
Making your blog load fast is not that hard – I am 100% sure that your blog will load faster if you can carry out the above tips.
I will still be dropping more tips on how to make your blog load faster but before then, I’d like you to input your take on the topic at hand :).
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