WordPress optimization may be needed if you are using shared WordPress hosting and too many plugins. Why? Did you know the limit on media uploads totals 64mg?
This limit cannot be changed on a shared WordPress hosting account therefore scripts (including plugins and WordPress itself) that require more resources (more hosting CPU) are more suited to VPS hosting.
These limits are set by hosting providers to prevent high usage of their resources. Seems a bit strange because they are advertising unlimited storage, bandwith and domains on the one account!
The solution apart from upgrading to VPS hosting is to learn about the best optimization methods and apply them to your WordPress site.
What are the consequences if you don’t optimize your site?
- Hosting providers will limit your media uploads of images
- Start to throttle your hosting account to prevent excessive CPU usage
- Encounter 500 Server errors which means your site will suffer Downtime
Methods to Fix Slow Page Loading Times
Here’s a list of the best methods for optimizing WordPress, increasing page loading times and reducing the CPU consumption of the WordPress script.
- Install a Caching plugin for WordPress. W3 Total Cache plugin for WordPress is recommended as the best caching plugin however WP Super cache is also a good plugin for beginners as there’s no configuration settings.
- Check your hosting cPanel logs to make sure there are no errors
- Related posts plugins can cause high CPU usage and should be disabled.
- Autoposter plugins also use large amounts of CPU and should also be disabled
- WordPress.com stats and statspress plugins can also use large amounts of CPU and should be disabled
- Any plugins that are not crucial to your site should be disabled and deleted
- Install and activate Google analytics code to access page load speeds so you can identify any problems
There are many other WordPress optimization methods which can be applied to optimize your WordPress site and reduce loads times therefore CPU. Otherwise you run the risk of your site suffering downtime and losing subscribers.Subscribe via e-mail