Everybody hates a slow WordPress blog, right? Of course!
When I talk with my clients, I hear the same common complaint over and over again. People really hate slow websites, especially when they feel it’s hurting their SEO rankings and revenue.
How to Fix Slow WordPress Websites
First off, you need to have solid hosting because slow hosting is one of the biggest problems with slow websites. If you are frustrated with your current web hosting, then I recommend Siteground. Check out why I love Siteground hosting so much in my comprehensive Siteground Hosting Review.
If your hosting is top notch, then the next step is using a caching plugin.
Cache plugins speed up your WordPress site by saving your website files for later use. When a new visitor comes along, the cache plugin shows the saved files instead of reloading your WordPress database all over again.
This results in a much faster website. There are lots of caching plugins available, but I recommend a simple one for most of my clients.
It’s called WP Fastest Cache. I made a tutorial video to show you how to set it up below.
WP Fastest Cache Setup Tutorial Video
How to Install WP Fastest Cache
- Go to Plugins > Add New
- Search for “Wp Fastest Cache”
- Click “Install”
- Click “Activate Now” to get the plugin working.
- Go to your WP Admin Sidebar and Click “WP Fastest Cache”
Once you are in the WP Fastest Cache Dasboard, check the following boxes:
- Cache System (Enable): Yes
- Logged-In Users: No
- Mobile Users: No
- New Post: Yes
- Minify HTML: Yes
- Minify CSS: Yes
- Combine CSS: Yes
- Combine JS: Yes
- GZip: Yes
- Browser Caching: Yes
Select your Language and hit the “Submit” Button. That’s it!
Verify The Footer Code
To check if the plugin is working, you need to log out of WordPress and visit any page of your website. Refresh the page 2 times and look for code that looks something like this:
<!– WP Fastest Cache file was created in 3.89601898193 seconds, on 08-01-16 16:44:07 Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.0) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/47.0.2526.106 Safari/537.36–>
Your website should load much faster as people visit your website and cache all the pages.