WordPress Website Speed Ups

WordPress SEO & Website Speed Ups

Many WordPress specialists use Yoast SEO to optimize WordPress for SEO. Yoast SEO is a great plugin, however, that is just the beginning of SEO. Much more can be done to optimize your WordPress website for SEO.

Website Speed-Ups & WordPress SEO

Site Speed Is Vital If You Want Higher Rankings and User Satisfaction

Test your site speed for free at Gtmetrix use Google’s PageScore

 

Install A Caching Plugin 

W3 Total Cache, Zen Cache, Rocket, Autoptimize, WPFC, and others will do a good job caching your site as well and minifying CSS, Javascript and HTML.

Use GZip Compression 
By compressing your WordPress site with GZip, you will speed up your website tremendously. Ask your web host to upgrade you to the latest version of PHP.
Image Compression
Often overlooked. Use an image compression plug-in to decrease your load time especially if you have many images or infographics. A standard SEO best practice is to add appropriate keywords to the alt image tags.  There are many image compression systems available. Implement a lossless compression first. If they look good you may want to try a lossy system,
Deactivate Plugins You Rarely Use
By deactivating and uninstalling plugins overhead that would slow down your website load time is eliminated especially if you optimize your database afterwards.
Optimizing Your Database
Cleaning out the databases of spam, old drafts, and other remnants will slim down your database and make your site a bit faster.
Pick A Theme That Doesn’t Slow Your Site
Use a responsive SEO friendly theme. Keep it fast and mobile-friendly.
Meta Titles & Description Tags
Meta Titles is a major SEO factor. Your Meta Title and <H1> header should never be the same.
SCHEMA & JSON Code
SCHEMA.org has released a plugin which sallow you to quickly create SCHEMA code. Install a JSON plugin to code your site. Google recommend it because it helps Google better understand your content.
Mobile-Friendliness
Make your site mobile-friendly. Google is swiftly rolling out its mobile-first index.
Prevent Spam
Protect Your Blog From Spam.  Use AkismetWordfence Security provides anti-virus protection, a firewall. and a high-speed cache.
XML Sitemap
Create an XML Sitemap to submit to Google Search Console which will help Google. I do use Yoast SEO for sitemaps.
Use A CDN (Content Delivery Network)
A CDN is a service that will speed up the time it takes your website to load for a user because a CDN uses the server closest to the user.
Permalink Structure
Ensure your permalink structure to something SEO-friendly and keep the permalinks short and relevant, 3-4 words is good.
Other WordPress SEO tips:
  • Find a fast hosting service.
  • Devise an internal linking strategy.
  • If you have a popular post update it and keep adding more content.
  • Use proper header structure.
  • Don’t install and activate too many plugins at the same time. Try to keep the maximum number of plugins activated under 15.

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I’ve been using WordPress for over 13 years and have created 75+ sites since. WordPress is easy to use on its self-hosted site WordPress.com or with your own web host. It’s free to use, easy to learn and is in use by millions of website so it is well-supported.

WordPress has functions capable of creating almost any content imaginable. WordPress has hundreds of thousands of themes both paid and free. WordPress is used to create over 1,000,000 posts and pages every day. It is used by Sony, BBC, CBS, NY Times and many other companies. Over 40% of webmaster and bloggers use WordPress to publish content.

WordPress can be optimized for speed so it can get your site to users fast. Speed is a Google ranking fact. WordPress is also easy to SEO for Google with Yoast SEO. META titles, headers, and internal linking in WordPress are simple it’ll make your site more Google-friendly.

Site Speed Is Vital For High Ranking & User Experience

WordPress can be optimized so you can have a fast website

Test your site speed

Pingdom.com

Gtmetrix

Google.com

Webpagetest

 

These tips will also help increase the speed of your site.

Install A Caching Plugin 

W3 Total Cache, WP-Fastest Cache, WP-Rocket, Autoptimizer, and others will save bandwidth and minify CSS, HTML, and Javascript as well as other optimizations to make your website oad faster.

Use GZip Compression 

By using GZIP your entire site will be compressed and the delivery time to the user will decrease.

Image Compression

Use an image compression plugin to decrease your load time.

Deactivate Plugins Rarely Used

By activating plugins only when you need them, you are clearing overhead that may slow down your WordPress site.  Uninstall plug-ins you have abandoned so you don’t have to worry about upgrades to prevent exploits.

Cleaning Up Your Databases

Cleaning out the WordPress SQL database of comment spam, revisions, drafts, transient object and other unnecessary objects will reduce the size of your database and make your site faster.

Limit The Number Of Widgets

Be cautious when using widgets. Widgets make database calls, consume memory and  slow down your website.

Use A Theme That Won’t Hog Resources

Choose an SEO friendly and responsive theme. Mobile ready is a Google ranking factor.

Use A CDN

A CDN is a service that will speed up the time it takes your website to load because will it use a server close the user to deliver your site.

Other WordPress Tips

  • WordPress makes it easy to create sitemaps so your content is indexable by Google.
  • You can use the Akismet plugin to kill spam comments.
  • WordFence makes it hard to for black-hatters or hackers to get access to your site.
  • Use Breadcrumbs to assist site crawlers.
  • Beware of duplicate content, short or long META titles and descriptions and 404 errors.
  • Add additional content to popular posts. Google will visit and reevaluate.