How fast is your website?
One of my best friends is a programmer and he always complains about the speed of WordPress websites. And I can’t blame him, because he is right. WordPress is a wonderful tool, but the websites made in WordPress tend to be a bit slower than the ones he built from scratch.
When I started to work with Divi, my websites became even slower. Divi is a great tool but because of the many features it slowed down the loading speed of my website, which was kind of a turn off. It made me reconsider working with this great theme and when I decided the benefits of the theme were greater than the problems, I got rewarded.
Luckily for me a large update was announced with great improvement on performance and speed. And they did indeed deliver what they promised.
It’s still WordPress
Having that said, Divi is a WordPress theme and still the websites can be faster. When I was thinking it, I could hear my programmer friend yell it in my ears: WordPress is slow admit it!
So I searched for a plugin to speed up my websites and I found WP Optimize. It is a plugin designed to make your site fast & efficient.
The plugin settings are split into three parts:
- clean the database,
- compress images
Clean the database
Your WordPress database stores everything that you need for your website. It also stores a lot of things that you don’t need.
WP-Optimize clears out all of this unnecessary data, cleans up your tables and even retrieves space lost to data fragmentation. This is the first and most basic step to a fast & efficient website.
The plugin also has an image-compression tool that uses special compression techniques to convert large images (which take a long time to load up) into compressed files saved in your image library, where they can be uploaded in an instant.
Caching involves keeping dynamic data in a temporary storage area so that it can be retrieved in an instant. It’s a sure-fire way to ensure that web pages load at lightning-fast speed.
The WP-Optimize cache feature loads your WordPress posts and pages as static files, thus reducing the processing load on the web server (and preventing overload if PHP and MySQL are used), which helps to improves your website’s speed and performance.
Easy to use
If you need a fast fix for your websites speed, this plugin is for you. It is easily installed and set up.
The plugin has a free basic version and a paid version with extra features.
If you start using the plugin it is wise to run a backup first. Especially when you start using the database features.
Linda de Pagter
Digital Nomad, Web designer
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