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Our sites wouldn’t be as fast without following some basic WordPress performance optimization tricks. Below are the strategies we use, along with a list of tools, services, and companies that we stand behind 100%. Some of these are already included in the perfmatters plugin.

WordPress Performance Optimization Tips

  1. Managed WordPress Hosting
  2. Image Compression
  3. Content Delivery Network
  4. Fast WordPress Theme
  5. Disable/Limit Revisions
  6. Disable Scripts That Aren’t Needed

1. Invest in Managed WordPress Hosting

Nothing is more important than the WordPress host you choose to power your site. Think of this like an engine of a car. Do you want a Corvette or a Prius? We recommend investing in managed WordPress hosting. These types of hosts have environments fine-tuned specifically to speed up WordPress. Our high-performance WordPress hosting is delivered by Kinsta.

Kinsta managed WordPress hosting

If you are serious about your business or blog, go with a host that you can trust. Kinsta delivers top notch performance and removes all the stress out of worrying about your website. They also have fast server-level caching which means you never have to mess with a caching plugin ever again.

Kinsta was named the most reliable hosting company in 2016 by codeinwp.com and top tier for the third year in a row by Review Signal.

2. Utilize Image Compression

All the images we use on our sites and client’s sites are optimized using lossy compression with Imagify. This ensures small page weight sizes and fast loading images that still look beautiful.

3. Use a Content Delivery Network

HTTP/2, Gzip content delivery is provided by KeyCDN. This ensures all of our assets (CSS, JS, and images) are delivered at lightning speed around the globe. If you are curious, we also use the free CDN Enabler plugin to easily deploy KeyCDN on our WordPress sites.

4. Fast WordPress Theme

Nobody codes like Array Themes! Whether you are a blogger, run a WooCommerce shop, or need a personal website, Array Themes are fast, lightweight, and will ensure your site still looks beautiful. In fact, we are using them on this website.

5. Disable or Limit Post Revisions

By default WordPress stores revisions of posts and pages when you make changes. This is definitely handy in case you need to revert back to an older version. The bad news is that there is no limit on how many revisions are stored. Especially on large sites, this can quickly bog your database down. How many revisions do you really need? Thankfully, we have an option to handle this in the perfmatters plugin. You can disable or limit post revisions. We recommend limiting revisions to 3.

disable or limit wordpress revisions

Disable or limit WordPress revisions

6. Disable Scripts That Aren’t Needed

A lot of WordPress plugins aren’t developed with performance in mind. This means that a lot of them load on every single post and or page of your site. This is not good as it can slow your site down. This is why we built the Scripts Manager into the perfmatters plugin. This allows you to disable scripts and plugins from loading on a per post/page basis. One example of this would be with the Contact Form 7 plugin. With two clicks you can disable it everywhere except for on your contact page.

Scripts Manager

Scripts Manager

And if you are still looking for help, you might need a web performance audit.