How to Optimize and Speed Up WordPress Websites

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Speedup wordpress

How to speed up WordPress surely is a hot topic these days. Slow page load speeds are especially crippling for eCommerce sites. Almost 90 per cent of shoppers who are dissatisfied with a site’s performance are less likely to buy from the same site again, while a one second delay decreases customer satisfaction.

Why should you speed up WordPress?

There are many reasons that ring alarm bells, some of which might even cause major concerns for you:

Search engines (like Google) rank websites with fast-loading times higher than the slow-loading ones. So, if you want to improve your position in the SERPs, improving speed should be one of your priorities.

Studies have shown that site-loading speed of more than 2 seconds usually results in about 47 percent of visitors bouncing off the website. So, to keep about half of your visitors interested, you should speed up your WordPress.

Online buyers are the most impatient lot; they expect the page to load within a second. So, if you are running an ecommerce store on WordPress then you better get ready to make major improvements so your business can be more profitable.

Test the loading time of your website?

First things first, you need to analyze the current load time for your website. Keep in mind that this speed may differ from page to page, as it depends on various factors, namely:

  • the size of that particular page
  • how many requests it generates
  • whether it is cached or not
  • and lastly, what kind of content (static or dynamic) it hosts.

 

The homepage of a website is usually used as a benchmark to test the load time. In order to check the speed of a website, the following three tools are used extensively across the web:

  • WebPageTest.org
  • Tools.Pingdom.com
  • PageSpeed Insights (this doesn’t really report the page loading time, but does highlight the elements that you can tweak to speed up WordPress)
Use a Fast WordPress Theme

You need to start with a fast and well-coded WordPress theme or framework. If you choose a theme packed with lots of additional features that you don’t need, it’ll negatively impact your site performance.

Design that has been coded badly, or uses images throughout the design, will add unnecessary weight to your page. It is not uncommon for some WordPress themes to be a few megabytes in size. Such a design could add a few seconds to your page loading time.

The default WordPress themes are incredibly well-coded, light-weight, very fast and easily customizable. If you can handle a little bit of code or hire a developer, Choose a design that has been optimized for desktops, tablets and mobile devices. Search engines favor responsive designs as they ensure all pages have the same URL, however adaptive designs that were created specifically for mobile phones can improve a mobile user’s experience considerably (it is not uncommon for an adaptive design to reduce page size by over one megabyte).

Install A Caching Plugin

Second most effective way (the first being choosing a good web host) to improve your site’s load times is to install a caching plugin.

Caching involves storing parts of your site so they only need to be loaded once instead of every time a user visits your site. Caching is especially helpful for your return visitors, as well as others who visit several pages of your site. when a caching plugin is active on your site, it servers users cached copies of your pages.

It greatly reduces MySQL database access, no. of PHP requests, server access for static resources, and even HTTP requests (in case of combining multiple files into one).

As soon as you install a plugin like W3 Total Cache or WP Super Cache, you’ll be able to tell that your site loads faster.

WP Super Cache is a more user-friendly alternative and you don’t need to be a server expert to set it up. It offers a variety of caching features:

  • Page Cache
  • Minify
  • Object Cache
  • Database Cache
  • Browser Cache
  • CDN

Initially, you don’t want everything enabled. You can still safely enable everything except Minify and CDN (unless you want to use a CDN).

Minify breaks some other heavily JS-based plugins unless you specifically tweak it. On the other hand, you should tweak the Browser Cache settings to utilise the full potential of browser caching.

Use a Content Delivery Network (CDN)

Content Delivery Network is essentially a network of geographically dispersed servers. Each CDN node (also called Edge Servers) caches the static content of a site like the images, CSS/JS files and other structural components. The majority of an end-user’s page load time is spent on retrieving this content, and so it makes sense to provide these “building blocks” of a site in as many server nodes as possible, distributed throughout the world.

To minimize the distance between the visitors and your website’s server, a CDN stores a cached version of its content in multiple geographical locations (a.k.a., points of presence, or PoPs). Each PoP contains a number of caching servers responsible for content delivery to visitors within its proximity.

Setting up a CDN can take a few hours, but it’s usually one of the quickest ways to dramatically improve page-loading speed.

Enable Gzip Compression

Compressing files on your local computer can save a lot of disk space. Similarly, for the web, we can use GZIP compression. This maneuver will dramatically reduce the bandwidth usage and the time it takes to gain access to your website. GZIP compresses various files so that whenever a visitor tries to access your website; their browser will first have to unzip the website. This process brings down the bandwidth usage to a considerable extent.

You can use either a plugin like the GZip Ninja Speed Optimization or add the following codes in your .htaccess file.

AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/plain
AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/html
AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/xml
AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/css
AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/xml
AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/xhtml+xml
AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/rss+xml
AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/javascript
AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/x-javascript

Enable Gzip Compression

Why is Gzip compression important?

  • It increases the loading speed of a website by saving 50-80 percent bandwidth.
  • Thus, it helps to optimize your website.
  • It is widely installed on the web server such as in IIS, Apache and nginx.
  • In Apache, already a default setting in the module mod_deflate is present for Gzip compression.
  • Gzip compression is recommended for different text files such as:
    CSS and Javascript (extension .css and .js), HTML (.html) also all types of dynamic HTML (such as extension .php, .aspx), textfiles (extension .txt), and also Webservices, such as WSDL, REST and JSON.
  • It is greatly valuable and gives full benefits as per or even more than it costs.
Monitor Plugins

Before installing any plugin on website, ask yourself “Is this plugin necessary?”.

Plugins are one of the biggest causes of WordPress websites being slow. The more plugins you install without research, the more likely you will face performance issues; however the sheer number of plugins you have installed is not the reason a WordPress website can slow down.

Certain plugins are known for causing websites to be slow. There are many reasons for this including bad coding, calls to external servers and persistent calls and updating of your WordPress database. Pay close attention to how much CPU plugins use too. Many plugins can bottleneck your CPU due to persistent processes. If this happens, your whole server could go down.

One plugin I highly recommend you use is P3 Profiler. The plugin will show you exactly how much load time your plugins are adding. A breakdown is given which displays exactly how much load each plugin adds. It is the most effective way of seeing what plugins are slowing down your website.

Optimize Database

WordPress software, as you probably know, uses PHP and MySQL. PHP is a programming language that’s used in WordPress to access and display the information stored in a MySQL database.

WordPress database optimization is one of the essential tasks to keeping your WordPress blog speedy & healthy. You can optimize your WordPress MySQL database directly from PHPMyAdmin, or by using a plugin like WP-Optimize or WP-DBManager. These plugins are capable of deleting all your pending spam comments, trashed posts, auto-saved drafts, post revisions to name a few.

They can also perform general MySQL database optimization queries without you having to access PHPMyAdmin. A well optimized, fast responding database is a huge bonus for a database-driven software like WordPress.

 Minify and Combine CSS and Javascript

Every call to your CSS and Javascript files is an HTTP request. That means that when someone visits your web page, their computer sends a request for a file and then the server sends it back. The more requests there are to your server, the longer it will take for your pages to load.

There are a number of WordPress plugins available that will minify your CSS and Javascript files using either WP Minify or Better WordPress Minify.

PHP5 application Minify combines multiple CSS and Javascript files into a single file. Which greatly reduces the number of HTTP requests. Application also removes unnecessary whitespace and comments.

Optimize Images for Speed

Images bring life to your content and help boost engagement. Researchers have found that using colored visuals makes people 80% more likely to read your content

Optimizing images for the web not only makes your site load faster but it also improves its SEO – which, in itself, is a great reason to start optimizing today. Another major plus point is that once your images are optimized, you’ll save a ton of space on your site’s hosting server.

Before you upload a photo directly from your phone or camera, we recommend that you use photo editing software to optimize your images for web. In their original formats, these photos can have huge file sizes. But based on the image file format and the compression you choose in your editing software, you can decrease your image size by up to 5x.

Disable Directory Browsing

By default most web servers like Apache, NGINX and LiteSpeed have directory browsing enabled, it automatically displays an index page showing the contents of the directory.

From a security standpoint you don’t want this happening since you don’t want people to look around your site structure. Hackers can easily find potential exploits in themes and plugins by sniffing through those files.

If you open the following URL and find a bunch of files, then it means that directory browsing is disabled in your server.

URL: http://yourwebsite.com/wp-includes/ (where yourwebsite is the name of your WordPress site).

If the above link contains a list of folders, then this means directory browsing is enabled.

If directory browsing is enabled, it will look something like this:

 

Select the Right Web Hosting Provider for WordPress

Its one of most important point while look to wordpress website hosting. You need to make sure the Web hosting company specializes in WordPress Hosting , offers good security , Speed/ Performance and one of the best support required for WordPress Web hosting

 

WordPress 4.7.3 Security & Maintenance Release

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wordpress upgrade

WordPress 4.7.3 is now available. This is a security release for all previous versions and we strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately.

WordPress versions 4.7.2 and earlier are affected by six security issues:

 

  • Control characters can trick redirect URL validation.
  • Reported by Daniel Chatfield.

 

  • Unintended files can be deleted by administrators using the plugin deletion functionality.
  • Reported by xuliang.

 

  • Cross-site scripting (XSS) via video URL in YouTube embeds.
  • Reported by Marc Montpas.

 

  • Cross-site scripting (XSS) via taxonomy term names.
  • Reported by Delta.

Cross-site request forgery (CSRF) in Press This leading to excessive use of server resources.

Reported by Sipke Mellema.

Thank you to the reporters for practicing responsible disclosure.

In addition to the security issues above, WordPress 4.7.3 contains 39 maintenance fixes to the 4.7 release series. For more information, see the release notes or consult the list of changes.

Download WordPress 4.7.3 or venture over to Dashboard → Updates and simply click “Update Now.” Sites that support automatic background updates are already beginning to update to WordPress 4.7.3.

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How to Install and Activate WordPress Themes

wordpress-logo-hoz-rgbThe first thing you need to do when you want to install a new WordPress theme is to login to your WordPress Site admin area. Once there, go to Appearance -> Themes.

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On the themes page you have currently installed themes, click on the Add New button at the top.

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To add new one, simply click on the Install Themes tab.

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WordPress will now install your theme and show you a success message along with the link to activate or live preview.

Simply click the Activate link on the next page you will be redirected to

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That’s all – you can go to the front page of your site to see its new looks.

How to Restrict Access WordPress Site

How to Restrict Access WordPress Site

If you need to redirect restricted access for your site to visitors who are logged in or accessing the site from a set of specified IP addresses

I do not often recommend to use of plugins,the Restricted Site Access plugin can be very helpful in limiting access to your WordPress site.

How to Install Restricted Site Access Plugin on your WordPress site:

Login to WordPress Dashboard via http://wordpresssite.com/wp-admin.php or http://wordpresssite.com/wp-login.php (replace wordpresssite.com with your actual domain name).

Click On Plugins >>  Add New.

Search “Restricted Site Access” and click Search Plugins.

Click Install Now >> OK

Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress

Configure the plugin

Go to Plugins >> Installed Plugins.

Search for Restricted Site Access plugin and click Settings.

In the Site Visibility section, click Restrict site access to visitors who are logged in or allowed by IP address.

In the Handle Restricted Visitors section, click on the action of your choice.

In the Unrestricted IP Addresses section, add any IP addresses that are allowed to have unrestricted access to your WordPress site. This should include your developers and/or website designers.

Click Add My Current IP Address. This will ensure that you to have unrestricted access to your site.

Click Save Changes.

 

Learn about WordPress Security

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wordpress security

How strong is WordPress security? There has been a mumbling around the internet lately about a large scale brute force attack on WordPress.

They are not just targeting high profile WordPress websites. But are using a large network of bots to target any WordPress site they can find.

The attackers are attempting to brute force access to WordPress sites by hitting the wp-login.php with a dictionary password attack.

The belief is that the goal may not be to deface your site. Instead use it as a platform to launch an attack on other sites when needed.

  • WordPress Security Tips
Rename your wp-admin folder : 

You Should rename wp-admin folder then this make it much more difficult for automated bots to find, as majority of attacks rely on simply hitting it and guessing where it is.

Delete the admin user account:

Brute force attempts will try the username admin with password combinations, you need to add a different account and then delete the admin this will make dictionary attacks even harder.

Secure wp-config.php:

This puts it outside of browsable files but still accessible by WordPress. Or you can deny access via htaccess

  1. <files wp-config.php>
  2. order allow, deny
  3. deny from all
  4. </files>
Restrict Access to your IP:

Limit access your site to to the wp-admin and wp-login.php files from a set of specified IP addresses.

The disadvantages of that are you will not be able to log-in from different connection… to WordPress until you edit this rule.

Install an SSL Certificate:

It will not stop brute force attacks. However it will mean that whenever you login to your website your username and password are encrypted.

This can stop hackers snooping in when you are using Wifi or public networks.  Cheap SSL certificate.

Install WP Security:

Better WP Security Plugin will automate many of the above tasks for you. It is by far the best option if you feel uncomfortable changing file settings yourself.

Use a WAF Service:

Cloud based Web Application Firewalls are becoming more popular nowadays.

They provide a simple way to help protect your website and provide more details about what is going on.

WordPress adds SSL /Https to all subdomain.wordpress.com hosting.

Good News for free WordPress Hosting , On 9th April WordPress has announced  SSL, https  URL to all its free Subdomain hosting on its wordpress.com domain.

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SSL has already been given a high priority by good and most business like facebook, twitter etc have moved to compulsorily  on SSL URL. WordPress has really take a big step which will surely help in improving wordpress security and SEO and performance of xyz.wordpress.com.

Sources :  https://en.blog.wordpress.com/2016/04/08/https-everywhere-encryption-for-all-wordpress-com-sites/

 

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Why Guest Blog posting is prefered by google for SEO

Blogging is getting more popular and popular recently. Many people are gaining interests in reading blogs. Millions of blogs are being uploaded every day. Blogs related to every field from technology, gadgets, media, business, markets, sports etc are posted. They provide us with detail information regarding particular field and topic. Many comments can also be found below with different suggestion adding to our knowledge. This was one side of coin. Let check other one.
Some people believe that blogging is waste of time. They are just being used as a source for generating backlinks for website. So many are unaware of blogs and do not like to contribute. Every individual has a different mindset and point of view. This could be right. But one has to define what exactly they need from blogs and set some specific goals to achieve benefits. Guest Blogging when used with some strategic planning can prove much beneficial and help you build a brand.
Let’s take a deeper look in advantages of doing guest blogging.
Develops and Builds Image:
Guest blogging is opportunity to write on others blogs. Due to this one can come in contact with various other readers or writers. As you are just beginning and submitted initial blog that doesn’t mean you would get plenty of response and become a great writer. It takes time to build image and this can only happen when performance is consistent. Another important thing to perform is revert back to comments. Visitor writes comments if they have any doubts or some part not cleared enough. Blogger needs to reply back to comments. This can help you build a rapport amongst visitors. You can also check with blog owner regarding post made by you. This helps to build trust among blog owner and you. It will not give him any negative message that you just made post for getting backlinks.
Great Networking Source:
Guest blogging is not limited to single blog. You have wide range of variety topics related to specific area of interest. According to recent survey on search engines, many people refer several blogs before purchasing any gadgets or online shopping. If you have great writing skills and deep knowledge of any field, people can join your community and can read your posts. Many industrial expert, entrepreneurs, blog owners etc are connected to various blogs. Such people can notice great writers. Building relationships with such kind of people can help you develop your own business. Everyone does not get chance to get in touch with such big people.
Link Building and New Business Opportunities:
Guest Blogging can be building up quality backlinks to website. According to latest Google algorithm updates, it has become really important to get quality backlinks. It’s not compulsory that we look for high ranked blogs but blogs with PR 4 and above can be good to consider for guest blogging and getting backlinks from them. Many blogs allow single backlink in post and one or two links in author information. These links can be really helpful to build and enhanced website traffic. As we have increased number of backlinks, website traffic begins to increase and adversely affects sales and business. If website has quality backlinks from high ranking websites, it opens door for new business opportunities.
Above mentioned are all benefits of Guest Blogging. Every blogger needs to think what they want from their blog. As per Matt Cutts, “Blogging is really important to build quality backlinks depending upon various websites criteria”.

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