How to make your blog to load faster

If you are reading this, probably got the same problems I have and it is headache for everyone, because if your website loads very slow, then visitors leaving your site or not coming at all to see your awesome content. I’ve spend whole day just testing and decided to document everything on How to make your blog to load faster.

how to make your blog to load faster mobile test results before
Mobile site speed before

desktop site test results before optimization
Desktop site speed before

It takes 7 seconds to make first impression, but if your website loads slow (e.g. 3-4 seconds) then you’ve got only 3 seconds to impress visitor and hook him to read.

Some visitors don’t wait at all and after 2-3 seconds press back button while website is still loading.

You may see bounces via Google analytics as well, which is not good if you care about this, look at your blog as a business. After all this is huge factor looking from SEO perspective, because big Google does not like slow loading websites at all!

I still use shared hosting + Wordpress, because I don’t see a reason to leave, as I am not over limits yet. I am not a geeky at the code to modify all things manually, so I did installed plugins, which helped me to improve overall loading performance.

Yes, all of these plugins will work differently according to the Wordpress theme, plugins, specific blog post, but if you want to test yourself,- here are the list of these and my results as a proof it is working.

How to start optimising your blog to speedup?

First of all, I’ve used the Google page speed insights tool to check the speed of the home page and couple blog posts.

Then I’ve install these plugins:

  • Smushit – This plugin is resizing, optimizing, compressing your images. You can bulk optimize your existing images,- this function can save you loads of time. On a settings page do enable function to auto optimize images for new uploads (image quality not affected).
  • Wp super cache – This plugin generates static HTML files from your dynamic WordPress blog. After HTML file is generated your web server will serve that file instead of processing the comparatively heavier and more expensive WordPress PHP scripts.
  • Autoptimize – Makes your site faster by optimizing CSS, JavaScript, image loading, and Google fonts (if used).

How to optimise your blog for mobile

According to statista 48% of traffic comes from mobile device.

Mobile traffic is hudge and I can see this even from my friends behaviour, which uses mobile phones or tablets only,- while 5 years ago laptops and PC’s were #1 for them. Today the same people make purchases, fill out documents, watch video’s , listen, reads only on the go…

That being said, on the top of that I have installed AMP plugin plus Glue for Yoast SEO & AMP.

AMP is accelerated mobile pages and the plugin worked as a charm in one click.

Glue for Yoast SEO & AMP plugin ensures all AMP codes works fine on every blog post

After activating these I’ve run a test to check if all working fine according to Google,-  here is AMP testing tool if you want to try.

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Results after testing compatibility for AMP

After you will finish all of this process, do not forget to test on page speed insights again to see if your blog loads faster, also check at least couple blog posts if they are not affected visually,- that’s because some plugins may conflict between each other an may not fit (I’ve had no issues with this).

mobile speed test results after optimization
Mobile site speed after

desktop site test results after optimization how to load blog fast
Desktop site speed after

For a noob this may look overhelming, but it is not! This is not rocket science just to install these plugins and go through simple settings of each as you do not need to write any code. Once it’s done,- it’s done for a long time and will improve your site speed guaranteed!

About Mantas J

Blogger, marketer, coffee lover,- currently now developing several online projects.

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