WordPress is a powerful and popular blogging platform for good reason. But sometimes, as happened with The Time Finder recently, you may notice that your blog is loading slowly.
This is a significant problem, because the internet is a fast-moving environment. Your blog may be chock-full of wonderful information, but if your posts don’t appear on their screens pronto, most folks just aren’t going to wait around. As the seconds tick away and your plugins and widgets initialize, your potential readers will be off to explore another blog, and you’ll have lost a possible connection.
So how can you avoid “slow load syndrome” and speed your WordPress blog?
Here are some timely tips to try. Any of them will help, and most likely the more you implement, the speedier your blog will be.
- Go Light on the Plugins. One of the great temptations with WordPress is to overload your site with bells and whistles. So, if you are concerned about load time, one key step you can take is to deactivate and remove any plugins that you don’t use much, or that just are not vital to what you are trying to accomplish on your blog.
- Go Light on the Posts. Another good idea is to limit the number of posts you display on your landing page. You can easily adjust on WordPress blogs. Just click Settings, then Reading to set the post display number. You want to show enough to capture your readrs’ interest, but not so many that load time is slowed.
- Lead Your Readers Into Your Blog. Use the “Insert More Tag” to display part, but not all, of our post. This not only helps with load time but encourages people to delve more deeply into your blog – also a big plus.
- Check for Slow WordPress Plugins. All plugins are not created equal! The WordPress Plugin Performance Profiler (P3) will scan your blog and provide you with data about the impact of each of your plugins on your blog’s load time. It’s an excellent way to discover any WordPress Plugins that may be slowing things down.
- Be careful about the WordPress plugins you install. A good way to check is to visit the website of a plugin that you are interested in. Make note of things like:
- When it was last updated,
- How many people have downloaded it, and
- How they have rated it.
- Also, check the forum or support area for problems, questions, and to gauge the responsiveness of the developers.
There are many more things that you can do to affect the speed of your WordPress Blog’s load time, but these timely tips are a great way to get started. And if you’re a blogger, small business owner, consultant, or entrepreneur who would like to learn more about creating and maintaining a successful business, then this is for you!© Copyright 2012 Paula Eder, Ph.D.