Improve Site Vitals Score: How To Speed Up Your WordPress Website

Google is the most popular and most used search engine in the World. So, it’s no surprise that you’d want to rank higher on Google search results.

And Page Speed is one of those factors that you need to improve. That’s because starting May 2021, Google will make website loading speed a part of its Core Web Vitals.

Speeding up your website helps you to improve your user experience, increase website traffic, and boost your search engine optimization.

Studies show that if your site is delayed in one 1-second page load time, you can decrease your conversions by 7%. You will lose 53% of your traffic if your site takes more than 3 seconds to load.

So, that means if you have a slow website, you will have fewer visitors and fewer conversion rate.

That’s why in this article I will show you how to speed up your WordPress website.

But before that, I will show you how you can check your WordPress website speed.

The easiest way to check your WordPress website’s speed is through MonsterInsights.

MonsterInsights is one of the best Google Analytics plugins for WordPress.

I wrote a review of MonsterInsights, read that to learn more about it.

With MonsterInsights, you don’t need to leave your site, you can check your speed report in your WordPress dashboard.

Not only that, with MonsterInsights you can extend the functionality of your Google Analytics in an easy way. MonsterInsights add advanced tracking features like eCommerce tracking, file downloads, form conversions, and more in just a few clicks.

MonsterInsights has two versions: Free and Paid. Their paid version starts from $99 per year. They also have higher plans which offer more advanced features. So, choose your plan and buy it.

Once you have done this, you need to install and activate the plugin, then connect it with your Google Analytics.

How to connect MonsterInsights with Google Analytics – read this article to know about it.

After you have done it, go to Insights > Reports > Site Speed. Here you can see your website speed report.

site speed report in MonsterInsights

You can also get other reports to speed up your WordPress site, along with a goal and how to fix each metric to make your website load faster.

site speed recommendations report in MonsterInsights

Now you know how to know your WordPress site’s speed reports.

How to speed up your WordPress website

Your website speed depends on lots of factors. It could be your hosting, plugins, images, your site setup, external scripts, and more.

But don’t need to worry about that. I will discuss all of that in this article. So, let’s start.

1. Select the right hosting for your website

Hosting is the most important part of a website. Without hosting, your website is not visible on the internet. Hosting stores all of your files, images, videos, etc.

So, it is important to choose good web hosting for your website. There are different types of hosting like Shared Hosting, WordPress Hosting, Dedicated Hosting, VPS Hosting, Cloud Hosting, and more.

What is the best web hosting for your WordPress website – read this article which helps you to choose your hosting according to your need and you will get detailed knowledge about different types of hosting.

2. Use a Caching plugin on your website

A Caching plugin helps you to reduce the load time of your website and improves the server response time.

Caching plugins copy the page after the first load and show the cached version to the user when they open your website.

There are lots of Caching plugins available, but if you go the premium side I will suggest you to go with WP Rocket and for the free version go with the W3 Total Cache plugin.

3. Compression your images

If you do not compress your images, your images will have a big impact on your website’s load. So, to load your site faster you need to compress your images before you upload them to your website.

The less image size you have, the more your website loads faster.

There are lots of different compression tools available, like TinyPNG. TinyPNG is a free PNG and JPEG compression tool.

First, open TinyPNG and upload your images and once the images will be compressed, download that.

4. Check your website is updated or not

It is very important to check that your WordPress site is updated or not. You also need to update your plugins and themes.

Updating your website keeps your plugins, themes secure, adds new features, and also helps to load faster.

5. Deactivate plugins that you are not using

The more plugins you will be using, the more resources your site will take to load. And if you have installed plugins that you don’t need, simply uninstall the plugins.

6. Use Lazy Load on your site

If you have a site that contains lots of images, videos, comments, media files, then Lazy Load is great.

Lazy Load only loads those files that a user sees first. When a user scrolls down the page, it loads all the files one by one.

To set up lazy loading in WordPress, you can Lazy Load by WP Rocket. It’s a free plugin, and in just a few clicks, you can improve the page load times.

That’s it in this article. If you like this, share it and comment in the comment section below.

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