Speeding Up Your WordPress Blog

October 5, 2011
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People use WordPress because it is very easy to install and very user-friendly. After setting up your WordPress blog, you obviously expect people to check out your site. However, it is important that you be prepared for an overwhelming amount of traffic. If not, you might end up having a crashed site.

A lot of people don’t prepare their site for a lot of visitors. However, with today’s social media, you can get a lot of traffic in a short period of time. It is essential that you always assume that your blog will be a huge success and make sure it won’t crash.

The easiest way to speed up your WordPress blog is through the use of the WP Super Cache plugin.

Everything in WordPress is dynamic, so every time a page is loaded, queries must be executed thus making the site load slow or even crash when you have lots of traffic.  This plugin, as its name implies, caches posts and stores them as files on the server and serve those to your users instead of processing the heavy dynamic queries repeatedly. WP Super Cache basically generates static html files for your WordPress blog. The plugin will automatically update as comments are added so the dynamic nature of the blog isn’t lost. Once installed, you will notice a significant difference in the time your site loads.

Installing this plugin will help a lot in boosting your site’s speed but it is not the only thing you can do. It is also important that you make sure your version of WordPress is up to date because the most recent version always has the security fixes and new features. It is also important that you check your plugin list and remove any inactive ones. Also, be sure to remove the active ones which you don’t really need. This is necessary because they use up server resources. In WordPress, each time you load a page, all plugins are loaded as well so if you keep the unnecessary ones, you’ll definitely slow down your site.

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