5 Ways to Optimize WordPress Now

Are you maintaining your WordPress site?

You have a shiny new WordPress website, so how do you maintain it? There are a handful of things you should be doing on a regular basis that will help keep your site running in tip top condition.

Note: Even though this is focusing on how to keep your WordPress site up-to-date, many of these tips are applicable to all platforms (Squarespace, Shopify, etc.)

1. Keep Your File Sizes Small

If you are blogging on the reg or you have a portfolio, you are probably uploading a ton of images to your site. Keep in mind, when you load a webpage, your browser will try to load all of these images at one time. The larger the image file size, the longer it will take to load the page in its entirety. The smaller the image file size, the quicker.

Take a look at two things as you prepare to upload images. If your image is more than 1080px wide, it’s probably too large. Most websites are not any wider than this, so your image doesn’t need to be. Try reducing the overall size of your image to help reduce file size. If you still find that your image file size is large, then take a look at the resolution of your image. If your image is larger than 72 DPI, then you can reduce it down. 72 DPI is the standard resolution for screens, so website images do not need to be any larger.

Also, be sure you have an image compression plugin installed. I personally use the Ewww Image Optimizer, it allows you to reduce your image size in bulk and will compress the image as you upload it.