13 Great WordPress Speed Tips & Tricks for MAX Performance
Performance is a key factor for any successful website. And since WordPress is becoming more popular than ever, it will only be at its best when raised in the proper conditions. Here are a few things to try if you find that your WordPress site is not performing as well as it could be due to high traffic or hidden issues you don't know about.
Some Basic & Simple Steps
1. Upgrade to latest WordPress releaseWordPress 2.7 have manny performance improvements over previous versions. So you better upgrade to latest release to make use of this.
2. Remove unnecessary Plugins & upgrade current onesRemove any plugins that you aren’t using. Deactivate them and physically delete them from your web server. Deactivated plugins will affect the speed of a site because the Wordpress checks to see if they are activated or not. Also you must stay up to date with the latest versions of the plugins you are currently using. Developers release new versions because they’ve modified the code in some way to make the plugin work better.
3. Minimize PHP and database queriesI read about this great tip on Wpcandy's simple ways to speed up WordPress post. It makes a lot of sense, cutting down on PHP and database queries. Each time a page on your site loads, if your browser has to execute any PHP queries, it adds to the load time. If you replace the PHP queries with static HTML, every time a page loads, your browser just reads the HTML.
4. Optimize and Repair your Database from myPhpAdminEvery week or so you should login to your myPhpAdmin and optimize your db. Locate your Wordpress DatabaseTables, check all the tables in the Check Boxes, select the Optimise Tables Option and repair. You would be surprised how well this trick might work, it saved more than 10% of my current database size.
Take a good care of your Images
9.WP CSSThis plugin GZIP and strip whitespace from your CSS files. It allows you to confidently use @import inside a CSS file and not worry about what happens on the user's end. It will look through your style.css file and put any @import files into it. A cache expiry time can also be set. You can also add CSS files to a specific page or post and putting all of them into one file.
<?php echo get_num_queries(); ?> queries in <?php timer_stop(1); ?> seconds.