The past two days I’ve been looking for ways to make 7ajidude faster and more optimized so that we can ensure that the site loads faster and performs better overall. As most of you know we’ve changed web hosts a couple of times, and the performance of the website is affected on the location of the host, the uplink provided by the host and the website’s optimization. 7ajidude also provides a lot of photos within posts, which makes the optimization and enhancements a little more tricky. Int the next couple of days I’ll guide you through the steps that i’ve taken to improve the performance of the blog overall. The following are the basic changes that have to be done in the beginning.
1. Ensure you have the latest wordpress as well as the latest version of your blog’s theme (also have to ensure they are both compatible).
Check the latest version here: http://wordpress.org/download/
This will make sure that you have the latest security updates and fixes to ensure that your blog would be safe from attacks and as stable as it should be.
2. Disable all un-used an un-necessary plugins.
Sometimes we install 3-4 plugins that do the same function especially when testing to add a new feature to the blog, and we forget that all of these plugins will run in the background requesting processor power as well as for some being loaded when the site is loading. Sometimes some plugins actually affect other installed plugins negatively therefore you should always ensure that
3. Make sure all your used plugins are updated.
In wordpress simply go into the plugins page and check that non of the plugins require updates.
In part 2 we’ll discuss why you should use spam filters, and consider using Captcha codes and their impact on the performance and load on your website.
In part 3 we’ll discuss using CDN’s and Storage options to speed up the load time of your website.
In part 4 we’ll discuss the different Plugins that we can use to help us in blogging!
Don’t hesitate to add your comments and questions, I’ll try to answer as many as I can as we go along. Happy Blogging.