WpResidence – Guidelines on how to improve site speed
Many of our client complained about their site speed. We gathered some guidelines on how to improve the site speed.
To use WPResidence, you must be running WordPress 4.4 or higher and PHP5.6 or higher.
The below tips are for 2500 pins – as we tested http://demo3.wpresidence.net/
We have a dedicated server and a demo with 2500 properties here http://demo3.wpresidence.net/ with an average of 4 sec loading time. You can get the same results with a shared hosting. Read more here: http://wpestate.org/you-should-move-to-wpengine-hosting/
We recommend to follow the below steps:
1.Make sure you are not missing images.
Add pins to properties as google maps requests increase if you do not have this. Help – http://help.wpresidence.net/2015/10/29/pins-management/
2. Read from file for pins
On some servers the way we load pins without the “Read from file” system starts to slow down from less than 200 properties. So – just in case – test that read from file system – http://help.wpresidence.net/2015/12/07/google-maps-settings-how-read-from-file-works/
Works with the “generate pins” button (manual control) or a cron that generates new pins every 24 hours automatically.
3. Use caching plugins
Use plugins like FASTEST CACHE- plugin and enable gzip compression.
4. Every plugin can cause extra delay.
Test speed just with theme plugins (Visual Composer, Ultimate Addons, Rev Slider) to compare results and delete those you do not use or do not want to keep using.
5. Make sure your images are optimized.
Make sure your images are less size possible – this applies for any image. Use GIMP desktop app recommended by google to optimize images.
6.You are using too many plugins.
Remember that every plugin you install has to load with every page. A lot of them are cached efficiently and don’t impact performance, but just as many are built poorly, packed with features that aren’t needed.
7. You are using Cheap or Shared Hosting.
Sorry to break it to you, but your $9.95 Turbo Plan at Hostgator/A2hosting/Bluehost/Godady probably isn’t suitable for your website. Shared hosting means you SHARE resources. That means that there are hundreds of sites like yours all fighting for resources on the same machine(computer).This is how these companies makes money : they take a server and put as much clients as possible on it and limit the resources for each website hosted there. It’s even worse is if you’re running multiple websites running on the same plan!
Also a hacker who has gained access to one site on a shared machine can most likely gain access to all the sites on that machine. Look for at least a virtual hosting. – you should get a decent one for $20-$30.
8. Always update
Always update to the latest theme versions and WordPress version. We release constant updates with new features but also with code improvements that may speed up your website.