If you are using WordPress to host your online platform, then you appreciate immense benefits it offers. Millions of websites are leveraging the CMS’ easy customization, user-friendliness, easy updating and maintenance, amazing templates and much more.
However, the question of website speed, which Google rates as crucial in analytics, still comes into play. Despite an amazing web design, you need a functional platform to do business effectively.
WordPress is painstakingly slow because it depends on MySQL database and in contemporary business; this is a problem that can ruin your venture. With MySQL, every request translates to load on the server and there goes your optimal speeds.
Database Tips on Speeding up Your WordPress Page
To avoid burning your fingers through a sluggish website, consider these timely database cleanup tips:
1. Manage WordPress plugins
Plugins for this CMS’ users are both a blessing and a curse because with over 20,000 of them available, it is easy to bloat the database with unnecessary code. Basically, you just have to delete them using the WordPress dashboard; after all you most likely don’t need them.
2. Install a Cache Plugin
If your website visitors can easily access the pages they regularly visit then slow loading will be a thing of the past. You can easily do this by installing a cache plugin to cache the most visited pages for faster loading. An efficient cache plugin such as W3 Total Cache is sufficient.
3. Compress images
Your database needs some breathing space if at all you want to experience optimal speeds on your website. One way of effectively achieving this, is by compressing your heavy images to release bandwidth for your page. You can opt to download a storage plugin or use a reliable compression plugin such as WP Smussh.it. The beauty of it is that there is no data loss or quality loss in the process.
4. Delete spam and useless code
Spam takes a lot of database space and it can be in form of drafts, comments and tables among other clutter. Again, a WordPress plugin comes in handy and does the trick in one click. If you are not well-versed in IT, an Oracle ERP expert can easily help you out.
5. Use a content delivery network (CDN)
6. Website optimization
You must have come across the word optimization many times if you are a regular internet user. It is all about making the best out of any application or essentially getting any software or hardware to perform optimally. You can automatically optimize your WordPress page from the cPanel, which helps repair tables, show excerpts instead of full pages and remove unnecessary sharing widgets among other such functions.
7. Turn off autosave
This is a cool tool when you are publishing a lot of content but with time; you will pay through slow speeds as WordPress saves every change you make to posts after 2 minutes. If you publish regularly, your database will become bloated and your visitors will rue every second they spend here.
Visit codex.wordpress.org to learn more about optimization of WordPress site.
Joy D. Thompson is popularly called the Oracle ERP evangelist and for a good reason. With over 19 years working as an Oracle DBA in various industries, his opinion on current trends is invaluable especially in his consultancy gigs.