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Practical Steps To Increase Page Loading Speed Of WordPress Blogs

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Blogging means not only to write articles and marketing it. There are many other steps also included to become a successful blogger- he need to watch the stats and try to reduce the bounce rate, try to increase the number of pages per visitor, increase the speed of loading, avoid malfunctioning of themes, WordPress Plugins and codes. As per the SEO needs, Google is more concerned of the website loading speed in order to provide quality and faster access to the contents. Hence, increasing the page speed of blogs is must to know for all aspiring bloggers as well as for one who haven’t done this yet.

I would like to give some tips on increasing the page speed of WordPress blogs in this article. Follow these steps to load your blog faster than others to get good search engine rankings. Let us move to the topic now.

1. Use W3 Total Cache Plugin for Caching:

It is well and good if you use the caching plugin in your WordPress blogs such as W3 Total Cache and other similar Plugins. However I recommend W3TC Plugin for you. This is a free plugin and you can use the Browser Cache, Page Cache, Database cache, minify and Object Cache.

2. Use WP-Minify Plugin for Minifying HTML and JavaScript:

However, I feel that the minify feature of W3TC (as well as many other bloggers too) is not working as expected. So, I use WP Minify WordPress Plugin to achieve the successful minify of JavaScript and HTML. Disable the Minify option in the General page of W3TC Plugin dashboard.

3. Use WP-Smushit Plugin for Serve Scaled Images:

Posting images on articles looks good and attractive, but those images will affect your page loading speed, hence you should post scaled images. How can you identify the images scaled or not? It’s very easy. Use WP-Smushit Plugin (by using Yahoo Smushit process). This plugin will automatically reduce the image size to increase your site loading speed when you add Images to your articles. However, it won’t update your old images that are already uploaded.

There is one more Beta option available in this Plugin, i.e., Bulk Smushit. Yes, you can use the Bulk Smushit option to scale your old images. Sometimes this Bulk smushing stops after updating some images, then again start the process until you completely Smush all images. You can check the status of

4. Use free CDN – CloudFlare

This is not any Plugin, it is a free service and you can add your blogs to CDN on Cloudflare.com. Remember to keep your security settings to “Low” in order to avoid the CAPTCHA for visitors of your blogs. The configuration is easy and you should change the DNS Name server of your domain name by logging to the domain providers control panel (not hosting CPanel). You can watch the video to setup the CDN for your blogs in their website. CloudFlare not only saves your 80% of bandwidth (proved and I use it) but Increases the Loading speed of your blog as well as secures your site.

5. Use CloudFlare Plugin

Once after successfully completing setup of CloudFlare, it is recommended to install CloudFlare Plugin and configure it with your CloudFlare ID and API key (they will provide on your CloudFlare Profile). You should configure your CloudFlare ID and API key in W3 Total Cache also. You can find the option in the General Page of W3TC Dashboard on your blog.

If you follow these steps and install these Plugins and Services, you will achieve 95+ score on Google’s Page Speed Checker Online hence increase the possibility of getting Google and other search engine traffic. Stay tuned on The Geeks Club for more Tips on WordPress and Blogging. If you have any difficulties or any queries, comment below

1 Comment

1 Comment

  1. Rohit

    May 19, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    Certainly will. Very impressed by your dedication. Keep up the good work!

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