This article is part of a series created in partnership with SiteGround. Thank you for supporting the partners who make SitePoint possible. You don’t want a slow website. Potential visitors may leave before your page even finishes loading. And you’ll be penalized in search results, meaning even less traffic.
You want your web pages to load in two seconds or less. How do you achieve that? One step at a time.
In this article we cover a list of items you can optimize to speed up your WordPress site. In our next article, we’ll give you a list of plugins that will help.
Just How Slow Is My Site?
Your site may not feel slow to you. Most likely your browser has already cached it, so you won’t be experiencing it the same way as a new visitor.
Here are some services that will inform you how long your page takes to load and tell you the overall file size of your page:
Check the speed of your sites before and after tweaking your site for performance. If you can get your pages loading in two seconds, you’re doing well.
Keep a record of how much difference each step you take makes. What made the most difference?
1. Choose a Good Web Host
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