I have my dedicated WordPress site, and as many other Web Admins, I like to keep the user experience perfect. A big issue to consider when calculating user experience is page speed, and after digging and playing around with some plug-ins and changes of my own, I thought I’d put it down in a list. Since Google puts a lot of value in page speed, it will most likely affect your rankings.
Google Page Speed Insight
First off you need to know if your site’s speed is slow or not. Visit the following page and insert your URL to determine your websites speed, https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights.
If you score above 80, you know you’ve got a decent score, but if you scored anything below, you’d need to optimize your site for speed. Google is very helpful in this regard and will give you insights and examples on fixes.
Cleaning up the database
You might be sentimental over the spam comments in your comment section, but they might be holding you back (emotionally and speed wise). Trash your spam comments, and while you’re busy, you might as well clean those drafts and pending review posts on your site. Everything that you don’t need needs to be removed from your site, every bit counts.
Plug-ins are great, but if you have too many, it will slow your site down. A great plug-in to use for this is the P3 Plugin checker. This handy plug-in will give you an indication of what plug-in is slowing down your site. It gives you a color wheel with timestamps.
You’re hosting company might be bogging you down. If their hardware isn’t up to scratch, they might be slowing down the response time when someone opens your site. Invest in a real hosting company and get what you pay for.
Themes are a dime a dozen, and you might be reluctant to let it go, but themes are sometimes coded by brilliant designers with cluttered coding in the theme. Buy PRO versions and be ensured of clean template and theme designs.
Optimize your Images
If your site isn’t a heavy image site, you can stick to 8bit extensions, but it’s recommended that you use JPEG or PNG for quality. Instead of resizing your images (the percentage slider) you should edit your dimensions which permanently resizes the image instead of keeping its original dimensions which keeps it as a large file even though it is scaled.
Some of the options we mentioned might cost you some cash, but if you’re ready to take the next step its prudent to invest in your business/website to get above the competition.