WordPress has always been an integral part of a blogger’s life. But when this WordPress only is loaded with some efficient plugins, the rapidness in the response of it falls noticeably. Consumption of adequate resources is also be a problem as it will lead to the suspension of the shared hosting account (if any).
During my years as a blogger I playfully tweaked my WordPress plugins many a times to achieve a satisfactory level of performance. From those experiences, I have enlisted 6 Do’s for you which is must during your optimization of WordPress Plugins which in turn will boost the speed of your blog.
1. Utilizing Cache Plugin:
Giving an access to the cache pages of your site is one of the most preferred ways to speed up your site as it would consume less memory on your server, which is very much needed. I would highly recommend to use ‘W3TC Plugin’ for this purpose as it is highly efficient in its own terms as much reliable than any other plugins available.
2. Deletion of Excess Plugins:
If your site completely depends on plugins, then don’t read this any further. If not, then you can say this is the ‘red underlined’ tip in the whole list. The tip says- Remove whatever unnecessary and unused plugins you have loaded in your website. In such process, you may lose some features in your website but that can be managed logically. At the end of the day, your site will run faster than ever and much more securely. Always use your logical mind to formulate an idea on how to hard code a plugin which does a simple job. Like, you write a paragraph in your ‘Contact’ page and add your e-mail with it instead of using a contact form plugin.
3. Try to use Multipurpose SEO Packs:
One of the best plugins available in the market is the ALL in One SEO Pack. It may eat up a good amount of your resources but till it is doing the required job fluently, any other parameter can be compromised.
For small sites, loading these heavy plugins won’t be a problem but when it comes to sites having high traffic, you will surely notice the difference. I may refer ‘Greg’s High Performance SEO’ on this regard. This plugin does the same job as of its counterparts in the market but in a much more efficient manner. It executes 700 code lines per page load or per page view. Isn’t that fast?
4. Substitute YARPP:
YARPP (Yet Another Relate Posts Plugin) can be used with the above mentioned All-in-One SEO Pack. The primary difference it makes is by updating the database of related posts as soon as a post is updated or created. Other contemporary plugins generally tend to create a list of posts, whenever they are loaded or created.
5. Optimization of Database Tables:
A great part of your speed in your blog is related to storage and removal of your information in the database. It is same with any dynamic content management system in the world. So it is necessary that you optimize your database tables as it can influence your site’s performance profusely. A cool plugin related to this is WP-Optimize. It helps the user to remove latest post revisions, run queries regarding optimization and clean all spam and deleted comments so that is doesn’t add load to your site.
6. Concentrate on Post Level Plugins:
As far as WordPress sites are considered, most of the traffic goes to posts. The sections of a website other than its posts (like homepage and archives) receive almost one-fifth of the total traffic whereas the rest four-fifth is received by the posts of that site.
It is obvious that plugins related to posts will consume the majority part of your resources. So try to optimize (it is better to remove them and use a lighter plugin in the like of ‘All in One SEO Pack’) those plugins and see your site blazing with speed like never before.