How To Drastically Speed Up Your WordPress Website In 10 Minutes

If you've noticed your site is taking FOREVER to load, then chances are you are losing traffic. I've got two plugin recommendations that will save the day.

Overview

Speed and page load times are obviously super important for your users. If your site takes forever to load, the chances they just leave is pretty high.  What’s that going to do for your conversions?  Will they sign up for your email list?  Probably not. Will they buy that product of yours?  Uh, no.

What’s the answer?  Well, one answer is to speed up that website of yours ASAP!  I’ve got two plugins that should help do the trick, but you may also want to chat with your web host to see if they have built-in options to help speed up your server.

Plugin #1: WP Rocket (here)

You may have heard of “caching” before and if not, it’s okay.  Basically, when you visit a website from your browser (Chrome, for example), your browser will cache some of the data from that website.  This means the next time you visit that site, you might see the cached (saved/stored/etc.) data displayed, which should help the browser load the website a bit faster.

WP Rocket is not free (pricing here), but I can promise you it is worth it.  I literally use WP Rocket on every site I create for myself and it’s drastically improved the load times of each site.  Another huge benefit is that WP Rocket is not super clunky and full of compatibility issues like other (free) WordPress caching plugins.  If that isn’t enough of a sales pitch, one even more amazingly great benefit is that it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out how to set it up – it will literally work right after you install it (there are of course fancy settings if you want to get into that, but bottom line is you can install and activate and be done with it).

Plugin #2: Imagify (here)

Not surprising, images (especially big ones) can take FOREVER to load.  Imagify helps with that problem my optimizing the images on your site. They have both a free version and a premium version – I’ve found that the free version is generally totally fine unless you have tons and tons of photos.

Imagify is also made by the same folks over at WP Rocket so they know a thing or two about the importance of page load speeds.

Summary

Get these two plugins.  You won’t regret it, I promise.  Once you get these installed and activated, I’d also recommend reaching out to your host and ask them to give your server some much needed love to help speed things up.

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