This article is a further discussion of the previous article entitled: How To Speed Up Website Loading For Beginners [Part 1]
HOW TO SPEED UP LOADING WEBSITE
Note; How to speed up loading a website written here based on the optimization capabilities of my website that is still makeshift. If you need something more technical or advanced, I will write down the source of the reference later.
3. Check the Facilities Used by the Visitor
The point here is, what most visitors use when opening our website. Do you use a PC / Laptop desktop, or smartphone?
This can be seen if you have installed Google Analytics or the website is registered to Google Search Console.
Depending on how many visitors use what. On my website above, most visitors use smartphones. I made adjustments on the blog by removing unnecessary widgets in the sidebar.
In responsive themes, the sidebar changes position under the article when opened from the smartphone. This won’t be effective. Visitors rarely scroll to the bottom of the article, so the sidebar isn’t visible. So it’s better to just remove the widget. Not bad, it will make the website lighter.
The case can be different if your website visitors mostly use Desktop PC / Laptop. Widgets in the sidebar can be left alone.
4. Image Optimization on the Website
Please check the image, image or photo posted on the website article. Is it big in size?
Lots of bloggers really use images with large size without optimization first. This usually makes our website slow. When the image is optimized, it usually changes immediately to the speed of loading your website or blog. Especially if the blog uses a lot of images, for example travel blogs. Changes after the optimization is felt.
5. Use a Lightweight WordPress Theme
As much as possible use a light wordpress theme on your website. Often one of the causes of blog loading is slow because the theme used is not good.
The easiest way is to use a popular theme, have a good review from other bloggers, and easily set it as desired. Many free themes with good features, with OK loading speed too. Please just select in the theme menu in wordpress.
One good theme provider is Mythemeshop.com. There you can use premium / paid themes, or use a number of free themes available. Although it’s free, its features are pretty complete and good.
6. Don’t Use Unnecessary Things
Ever open a blog that automatically plays songs or videos when accessed? This type of effect really feels like the web loading speed. It’s good to be avoided.
Other things that also need not be done in the current era; add effects to the blog. For example the effect of falling snow, the visitor cursor changes, and the like. It used to be cool to use something like this, but now it’s not Friendster’s era anymore.
Install a calendar widget in the sidebar? try to think about whether it is needed?
Installing Running Tex on the website? If it’s the type of news website that posts a lot of articles every day, this feature makes sense. But for a regular website or personal blog? most likely there will be a few who click the link in the running text.
7. Use the Caching Plugin
So from here we start to get into technical matters.
One of the things that really helps speed up the website is to use the help of the caching plugin on our blog.
When a visitor comes to the web, the website will call the article database, continue to generate article pages, and then be presented to that visitor. This continues to be repeated when visitors come to the blog. If we have many blog visitors? of course the server performance will be very heavy.
This can be optimized by using the cache plugin. The main workings of the cache plugin is to produce a static page from every article on the blog / website.
When visitors come to the website, this static page will be presented. The satis page itself does not overload the server’s performance, so that in the end the website loads faster.
You can use premium / paid cache plugins, or free plugins. Many free plugins available on wordpress with very good performance.
8. Use the Database Optimization Plugin
Another thing we can do is website database optimization. After a long time running, there are often many “traces” in the database, traces of plugins that we have installed, old themes that have been used, spam comments, etc. If left unchecked, it can slow down website loading too.
How to optimize the database here we just use the plugin. You can use the DB optimizer function in the Litespeed Cache plugin (on the Manage menu), or install other plugins such as WP Optimize.
Just install, activate it, then follow the instructions on the menu. It’s quite easy to use.
9. Activate the Anti Hotlinking Setting in cPanel
For example your website has a good image. Then the image is widely used by other websites, but they don’t upload your image on their own server. All they do is copy the url / link image on your website, then use it directly on their website.
This action is usually called hotlinking.
If your image is hotlinked by many websites, it can lead to heavier server performance, and also reduced bandwidth quota. In the end your website becomes slow. This can be prevented by activating the Hotlink Protection feature in each cPanel.
10. Avoid Using Images With Hotlinking
It is not recommended to use images from other websites by hotlinking. Indeed, this can save our hosting bandwidth. But, it usually causes slower web loading.
Loading a website will feel more slow if the website server whose image we use is slow / not good.
11. Use Good Hosting
Quality hosting has a server with optimal settings. Often just by moving to a better hosting, loading our website can be faster 1-4 seconds.
The thing to remember, your hosting needs will increase along with the number of visitors who come. The more visitors, the more resources are needed. If your website has started to be visited a lot, and it starts to feel slow, it’s also worth trying to upgrade your hosting package.