How to Speed Up your WordPress Website In 5 Simple Steps? [Includes Video]

Website speed is a critical factor in user experience and search engine rankings. As a WordPress website owner, ensuring optimal performance is paramount. A fast-loading website not only enhances user experience but is also a crucial component of effective SEO strategies. 

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll delve into five crucial steps to boost your WordPress website’s speed. We will unlock the secrets of accelerating your WordPress website’s performance in just five straightforward steps. Whether you’re a seasoned website owner or just venturing into the digital landscape, these strategic measures promise to not only optimize your site’s speed but also elevate its overall efficiency.

Evaluate Current Website Speed

Understanding your starting point is essential. Utilize tools like Pingdom to assess your website’s current speed. 

Pingdom website homepage

Input your website URL, select a testing region, and initiate the test. 

Website speed test result

This initial benchmark will provide valuable insights into your load time, page size, and overall performance.

Step 1: Optimize and Resize Images

Assess Image Sizes

  • Right-click on any image on your website → choose ‘Inspect’ → locate the image URL.
  • Hover over the URL to identify the image size.
Checking image size before resizing

Image Optimization Using WP Optimize

Install the ‘WP Optimize’ plugin from your WordPress dashboard.

Installing WP-Optimize Plugin

Activate the plugin and navigate to WordPress Dashboard → Click on  ‘WP Optimize’ → ‘Images.’

WP Optimize plugin added to WordPress Dashboard
Click on Images in the Plugin settings

Select ‘Prioritize maximum compression’ →  click ‘Select All’ → then ‘Compress the selected images.’

Select 'Prioritize maximum compression’

Verify the optimized image sizes by right-clicking on an image and inspecting.

Verifying the optimized image sizes

Now, to ensure that any image added in the future is also optimized, simply go to WP Dashboard  wp optimize → images → and here toggle the button in front of ‘automatically compress newly-added images’.

select ‘automatically compress newly-added images’

Now, all the images on your website are successfully optimized, also the images that will be added in the future will also be optimized.

speed test after the changes

Step 2: Enable Page Cache

Leverage the power of caching to enhance your website’s loading speed.

For that, Navigate to your WordPress dashboard and access ‘WP Optimize.’

Click on ‘Cache’ and toggle the button to enable page caching.

select cache option
toggling the button to enable page caching

Save changes.

Rerun the speed test to witness the positive impact on load speed.

speed test after cache optimizing

Step 3: Optimize CSS and JavaScript

Using Speed Optimizer by SiteGround

Install the ‘Speed Optimizer by SiteGround’ plugin.

Installing the plugin 'Speed Optimizer' by siteground.

Activate the plugin and go to ‘WP Dashboard’ → ‘Speed Optimizer’ → ‘Frontend.’

Optimize CSS

  • Toggle ‘Minify CSS Files.’
  • Toggle ‘Combine CSS Files.’
  • Toggle ‘Preload Combined CSS.’
Optimizing CSS

Next, verify your website’s functionality.

Optimize JavaScript

Toggle relevant buttons.

Optimize JavaScript

Confirm the seamless functioning of your website. Next, Rerun the speed test to observe the improvements.

Speed Test after Optimizing the CSS and JavaScript.

Step 4: Choose a Lightweight Theme and Remove Unused Plugins

Opting for a Lightweight Theme

Navigate to ‘WP Dashboard’ → ‘Appearance’ → ‘Themes.’

Selecting lightweight themes

Click ‘Add New’ and select a lightweight theme from options like GeneratePress, Astra, OceanWP, or Storefront.

light weight WordPress themes

Install your chosen theme.

Removing Unused Plugins

Head to ‘WP Dashboard’ → ‘Plugins.’

Access ‘Active Plugins’ and deactivate any unused plugins.

removing unused plugins

Move to the ‘Inactive Plugins’ section and delete the unused plugins.

Step 5: Implement a Content Delivery Network (CDN)

Connecting to Cloudflare

To connect to Cloudflare, first visit the Cloudflare CDN website and Sign Up.

cloudflare Sign up

Next, enter your domain → select a plan.

entering domain name
selecting plan

Next, click ‘continue’ → Copy the Cloudflare nameservers.

Cloudflare setting
CDN nameservers

Now, all you need to do is add these nameservers to your hosting server website.


By evaluating the current speed, optimizing images, enabling page cache, streamlining CSS and JavaScript, and adopting a strategic approach to theme selection and plugin management, you have the tools to enhance not only the loading speed but also the overall efficiency of your website.

As you implement these steps, remember that a fast website not only keeps visitors engaged but also contributes to improved search engine rankings. Embrace these strategies, and watch as your WordPress website becomes a beacon of speed, efficiency, and user satisfaction in the digital landscape.

Congratulations! You’ve successfully optimized your WordPress website for speed in just five comprehensive steps. Regularly monitor and reassess your website’s performance to ensure a consistently fast and responsive user experience.

If you are someone who is more comfortable with video content, then here is a detailed video describing 5 simple ways to speed up your WordPress website.

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