Over 60 million web pages runs on WordPress CMS. WordPress is multipurpose CMS , It is search engine friendly . It can be use in different kinda website or blog.

But the bitter truth is most of the  WordPress powered websites are slow to load. Slow loading website irritates visitors with good connection speeds. They never pay return visit on website .

Effect of Speed on SEO – Speed effects on SEO of any website. Now Google  includes site speed in it’s ranking algorithm. Your site’s speed effects SEO, so if your site is slow, you’re now losing visitors from impatience and reduced rankings in search engines results .

Reason of Slow Speed of WordPress-  For fixing slow speed of WordPress we must know its causes. Here are the causes of slow speed of any wordpress based website or blog

Hosting – Choosing bad host is major cause of slow loading speeds, Many hosts are still selling  over croweded shared hostings. Incredibly slow site speed and frequent down time during high traffic periods are side effects of bad shared hostings .

So selecting good host is the first priority of any website owner. Read about best hostings in India

Theme Files-  Always use lite themes . Like the default themes of WordPress loads faster as compare to other premium themes with tons of features.Their frameworks which have tons of features that you will never use, slowing your site to a crawl.

The fastest loading theme framework is genesis. In Premium themes Elegant themes are lite and good over others.

Using Effective Cache plugins –  Cache plugins helps in speeding your webpages. The only recommended cache plugin is w3cache.

Use of content delivery network CDN – Its takes all your static files you’ve got on your site (CSS, Javascript and images etc) and lets visitors download them as fast as possible by serving the files on servers as close to them as possible. I personally recommend Free-CDN . It is free to use and very successful in reducing load on websites.

Speeding up homepage-

  • Always use less images and more text
  • Avoid using Heavy images on homepage ( especially in sliders)
  • Avoid use of more widgets on homepage
  • Try to use minimal homepage.
  • Reduce the number of post and use excerpts instead of full post.

Turn off ping backs and tracks from wordpress admin.   Remove inactive plugins and widgets that you don’t need

At last optimize your data , Manually it is hard to optimize it. But there is one plugin which automatically do this. You can simply use the WP-Optimize plugin. The plugin is free to use.

Conclusion- : Speeding up WordPress is typical , But tips above will help you in speeding up your website . You can check your website speed by using tools like Pingdom Website speed test

WordPress is nice CMS  , and it can be fast . All depends on host , design , CDN and traffic.  You can find more WordPress Tips on website. Keep reading.