How To Speed Up WordPress

Speed Up WordPress?

Ever wonder how to make your WordPress site load faster or function better? You can use caching to speed up the loading of your WordPress site and in this article, we will discuss how we can speed up WordPress using free plug-ins.

A computer must carry out a number of operations before displaying the information that has been requested. Caching provides a solution to this problem by processing the information that is frequently requested and keeping it in memory or temporary storage. This enables computers to easily access the file.

Each time a user accesses your website, WordPress retrieves data from the database and executes a number of additional processes before sending the web page to the user’s browser.

Your WordPress website can skip a lot of processes thanks to caching. Your caching plugin copies the page after the initial load and then serves that cached version to each subsequent user, saving you from having to generate the page from scratch each time.

Fortunately, there are quite a few plugins designed to assist us in caching our WordPress website. Some provide extra options like trash removal, image file optimization, database maintenance, etc.

If you search for the keyword “cache” on your install new plugin page, you should be able to find a few.

speed up wordpress cache plugin
WordPress Cache Plugins

We won’t go through all the plug-ins that are available in this article; instead, I’ll pick one or two to review and demonstrate how to use.

Using “WP-Optimize – Cache, Clean, Compress” to Speed Up WordPress

“WP-Optimize Cache is a revolutionary, all-in-one WordPress performance plugin that caches your site, cleans your database, compresses your images.”

  • It allows you to clean and optimise your database.
  • It gives you the option to compress your images.
  • It allows you to cache your pages, for super fast load times (read more caching information below).

There are the options that they provide after installing the plug-in

wordpress WP-Optimize settings

Under “database”, you will be able to optimize your database or delete un-used tables. This is really helpful because deleting a particular plug-in could leave behind certain data and tables in your database.

You could securely remove those tables and free up server storage by using this tool. However, it is best to make a backup of your database before removing any tables, just in case.

If you would like to optimize the image file size in your WordPress folder, you can go to the image settings. There’s also an option where it will automatically optimize your images every time when you upload a new image.

You may cache your WordPress site to make it operate more quickly under the section devoted to caching. After enabling caching, WP-Optimize will automatically recognize your site and set itself up to run at its best.

WP Optimizer Caching

Lastly, you can minify your CSS or Javascripts in your WordPress site under the minify section. Read more about minify here to have a better understanding of what it does :

Using “WP Super Cache” to Speed Up WordPress

“This plugin generates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog. After a html file is generated your webserver will serve that file instead of processing the comparatively heavier and more expensive WordPress PHP scripts.”

After installing this plugin, you should be able to see this settings below.

WP super cache settings

If you want to skip all the hassle and prefer the simple solution, you may just enable the caching in the “Easy” tab.

Your WordPress website may occasionally undergo modifications without the cache being aware of them. Your site won’t load the updated version; instead, you’ll see the outdated version. In this case, you will have to clear your cache using the plug-in as well.

delete cache


Comparatively speaking, the WP-Optimizer plug-in has more functions than WP Super Cache. Personally, I think WP-Optimizer is better because it does more and performs better.

Caching is crucial since it lightens the burden on the WordPress hosting servers and accelerates the performance of your website. To increase the speed and efficiency of WordPress, you must set up adequate caching.

User experience is enhanced and more pages are visited when a website is faster. Additionally, this increases user interaction and time spent on your website.

You may increase the amount of organic search traffic to your website by making it speedier. Google grants websites that load quickly a substantial SEO boost, which raises your position in the search results.

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