WordPress Speed Optimization: How To Get .5s Load Times

How to optimize your slow WordPress site to load faster. My WordPress speed optimization tutorial shows you how to fix items in your GTmetrix report (and other speed testing tools). I cover minify, caching, image optimization, content delivery network and much more.

I would start with the free stuff, then move on to paid solutions like faster hosting or MaxCDN. Also, if after configuring WP Fastest Cache you still see minify, caching, add expires header, or specify a cache validator, I recommend configuring the W3 Total Cache plugin instead, then using these settings: http://www.onlinemediamasters.com/w3-total-cache-settings/

TIMESTAMPS
Deactivate/replace plugins: 1:02
Faster hosting: 2:31
CloudFlare: 3:57
Cache plugin + MaxCDN: 4:48
Serve scaled images: 8:11
Specify Image dimensions: 9:52
Lossless image compress: 10:09
WP Optimize to delete garbage: 11:32
Update WordPress: 12:14
Lightweight WordPress theme: 12:56

LINKS
bdkamol: https://www.freelancer.com/affiliates/tdupuis7
SiteGround: https://www.siteground.com/wordpress-hosting.htm?afcode=a031802db8c80f9a78347bc2ab0b4253
MaxCDN Coupon: http://tracking.maxcdn.com/c/54153/3982/378?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.maxcdn.com%2Fmaxcdncoupon%2F
W3 Total Cache Tutorial: http://www.onlinemediamasters.com/w3-total-cache-settings/
WP Fastest Cache Tutorial: http://www.onlinemediamasters.com/wp-fastest-cache-settings/
StudioPress themes: http://my.studiopress.com/themes/

Yes, I used affiliate links… all commissions go straight to Navient for student loans. Thank you if you decide to use them.

Have questions about your WordPress speed? Leave a comment and I’ll be glad to answer them.

Cheers,
Tom

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