Before you think of making your blog load as quickly as possible, you must first and foremost run a speed test to know the present speed level of your blog.
There are scores of online free tools that can help you achieve this, so just run a Google search to find them.
Below, therefore, are ways to make your blog load as quickly as possible.
1. Use themes that are optimized for speed.
Lots of WordPress themes are designed with speed functionality, but most times this functionality is only available on premium versions.
Thus, if you are using a free version of a theme, check to confirm if speed is included in its free feature before you settle for it as your blog theme.
Even though you can use a plugin to extend this functionality, using the right theme optimized for speed will be much better.
But the best choice is to go for a premium theme if you have the money, and you will definitely enjoy its speed functionality.
2. Limit your use of WordPress plugins.
Through plugins are created to enhance a blog’s functionality, using too many of them at a time will definitely slow down a blog’s speed.
There is neither minimum nor maximum numbers of plugins that one can install and use on WordPress. It all depends on the purpose of your blog, hence the plugins needed to achieve that purpose.
But if you seek my advice, I suggest you limit the use of your WordPress plugins to 15 or 17. And try as much as possible to avoid pop-ups and backups plugins, because they tend to affect the speed of a blog so much.
3. Optimize your images for fast load.
The bigger the size of your images, the bigger your blog pages will become, and it in turn will make your blog load slowly.
So make sure you resize and compress your images before you upload them. If you can’t do it manually, you can use a plugin to achieve that. Jetpack and WP Optimize are the best I know.
4. Choose the best hosting providers.
There’s no denying the fact that most of the speed issues experienced on blogs are caused by their web hosts.
Hosting plays a very important part in the page speed of every blog. An expensive or popular host is not a guarantee of speed as cheaper hosts tend to even work better.
At times, the plan you are using might be the cause, but all the same, if you suspect your speed issues to come from your host provider, then either upgrade your plan or switch to a better host.
5. Upgrade to the latest Php version.
It’s rather unfortunate that lots of blogs are still using pho 5.6 which is a little version of PHP that hurts a blog speed a lot.
Though it is your host that handles the part, you can manually upgrade from your Cpanel, or simply contact customer care on your web hosting provider and request them to upgrade your PHP to the latest version.
6. Use a fast DNS provider.
DNS means Domain Name System, and it is like your phonebook on the Internet. Your web hosting provider can make it available for you.
The 2 hosting platforms am using are Domainking NG and TrueHost Ng. which have the best DNS resolver I’ve experienced so far.
If you make any of them your DNS provider, I bet you will have a better value for your money.
7. Don’t keep plugins and themes you at no longer using.
Do not just uninstall a plugin or theme and keep them, rather delete them totally. Because their database can still hurt your blog speed if they are still sitting there.
8. Limit related or latest posts you are using on your blog pages.
Though putting related or latest posts after your contents are very good because it displays several other topics on your blog that might interest your readers and keep them longer on your site.
Displaying more than 10 related or latest posts, especially with excerpts and featured images can slow down your site.
So make sure you limit your related or latest posts to 5 or 10.