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12 tips to Speed Up WordPress Site without Code

Continuing from the previous page, here we are describing rest 6 tips that don’t need any coding from you. These tips are to perform within WordPress dashboard to speed up your website.

12 tips to Speed Up WordPress Site without Code – II

7. Avoid Unnecessary Plugins

Plugins are essential to attend functionalities. But the more plugin you will use, the slower site would be. Even bad & non-active plugins can also significantly slow down your website. Delete all the unused plugins from your WordPress dashboard like “Hello Dolly” that comes by default with installation and “Akismet” if you’re not using it.

You might have rarely used plugins in your WordPress installation, for example, “Theme Check” plugin. Either uninstall them or deactivate at least. Also if there is any functionality that can be obtained with few lines of code in your theme files, prefer to do it if you can rather than depending on the plugin.

8. Split Comments into Pages

Getting numerous comments on your blog posts? A congratulation as the blog is being popular. BTW loading all comments at once can slow down the site and don’t worry WordPress has a built-in solution to handle this.

Go to Settings -> Discussion and check the “Break comments into pages” option and update the rest two fields as per your requirement if the default values don’t suit you.

9. Use Excerpts and Thumbnails

By default, WP displays the full content of each article on your homepage feed and archives feed (categories, tags & other archives) and loading of these feed will be slower. To decrease loading times for archive feed, choose “Summary” to “For each article in a feed, show” field at Settings -> Reading.

You can also place image thumbnails instead of full-size images in between post content at the post editor page. There is “Size” dropdown at bottom right to “Insert Media” popup and “Thumbnail” has the lowest size while the “Full” size takes the highest time to load.

10. Never Serve Videos from Your Own Server

In order to speed up the loading time of your website, do never upload videos to your WordPress site directly. Else you will suffer worse loading, extreme bandwidth consumption, or overuses fees or your hosting provider might suspend your website. It also hugely eats up hosting space as well as it is arduous to restore WP from backup consisting videos.

Upload your videos to dedicated videos services like YouTube, Vimeo or Streamable. WordPress has a built-in video embed feature, so you can copy and paste your video’s URL directly into your post and it will embed automatically.

11. Split Lengthy Posts

Perhaps you might not know, WordPress has the ability to display a lengthy post in two or more pages like as this article itself:

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You can break long posts into pages to speed up rendering. All you need is, just simply add the <!––nextpage––> tag in your article where you want to split it into next page. You can split again using this tag if you need more pagination. Just note that add the tag using the Text view rather than Visual view in your post editor.

12. Keep Things Updated

The WordPress CMS is actively maintained and updated regularly. Your WP theme and plugins also get frequent updates. Each update consists of security, bug fixes and performance related improvements or new features as well.

Update them as soon as you’re notified either in WP dashboard or emails. Your site will get slow, unreliable and with compromised security, if you don’t update timely. You can also ask your host to update server software and PHP/MySQL versions. As PHP 7 has a major speed advantage over prior versions.

Sum Up: 12 Tips to Speed Up WordPress without Code

1. Choose Better Hosting Plan
2. Start with Solid Theme
3. Prefer Minimalism if Possible
4. Use WordPress Caching Plugin
5. Use Content Delivery Network
6. Optimize and Compress Images
7. Avoid Unnecessary Plugins
8. Split Comments into Pages
9. Use Excerpts and Thumbnails
10. Never Serve Videos from Your Own Server
11. Split Lengthy Posts
12. Keep Things Updated

So you have come to know about 12 tips that you can implement to speed up WordPress website without having any coding skill. And your visitors will notice amazing performance impact in their browsers.

If you want finer tuning, check next 12 tips to speed up website more with code and database optimization. Additionally, you just need a basic understanding of PHP & MySQL for them. Lastly, don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter to instantly get updated about ThemeRella’s WordPress articles.

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