Last updated on March 17th, 2023
Does your blog take more than 3 seconds to load? Here are 4 simple tips to follow on how to make your blog load faster than others site owners.
So if you are struggling to make your blog load faster than other websites? Great! You’ve come to the right place!
The race for online visibility depends on website speed. The speed of your website is one of the most important factors in getting visitors to stick around and read what you’ve got to say.
Our online attention spans last about 20 seconds, and if people are spending more than a few of those seconds waiting for a page to load, they’re losing potential readers or customers.
WordPress (self-hosted) in particular seems to cause the most headaches when it comes to website speed.
Every decision is a tradeoff; added functions or bells and whistles may make your site look great, but they can also result in a slow, bloated beast of a website that even your mother won’t visit.
Anyway, in this guide, I will walk you through how to speed up your blog faster than others. Also, you will know why other blogs are so much faster than yours?
Let’s drive in the post on How to make your blog load faster within 10 Minutes.
What are the Most Common Causes of Slowing Your Website?
Here are some of the most common causes of a slow website, as well as what to do to fix them.
1. Slow Hosting
I’ve said it before – all website hosts are NOT created equal. When you use shared hosting, you’re at the mercy of your provider when it comes to things like server optimization, software updates, throttling, and resource allocation.
DreamHost and GoDaddy are the worst hosts I’ve ever seen when it comes to website speed; they like to throttle users on purpose to encourage them to “upgrade” to faster service at a higher price.
How to fix it:
Don’t feel pressured to stick with a host who doesn’t help your site run at its best. Choose a hosting company with optimized servers and plenty of support to help you how to speed up your blog.
But also understand that shared hosting has limits and it may be time to move on.
2. A Slow Server
If you’re on a VPS or dedicated server, you have control of your server’s settings (though it’s up to you to figure out how to optimize them).
Even if your hosting is managed, the support staff may not always realize what you need.
For example, I recently noticed that I was using a deprecated version of PHP on my own servers. Once I updated, I got fewer LFD warnings and my hosting clients’ sites began loading more quickly.
How to fix it:
Do some research on server optimization, especially if you’re running WordPress. If you’re not comfortable handling the technical aspects, try managed WordPress hosting.
Managed hosting provider is basically optimized for the server for your blog. That being said the more optimized your server the more speed your blog gets.
In managed hosting, for any reason, you can ask for help from your host, or if you use VPS Hosting you can hire someone to take a look at your settings.
3. Too Many Plugins
This is probably the most common issue when I see a slow-loading site. Plugins make WordPress great, but they can also slow it down tremendously.
A few months back on my blog I used more than 30+ plugins, just for more functionality that actually no need on my end.
When I check my blog speed, I found plugins are one of the reasons that slow my website. After that, I start reducing it one by one.
I mean every plugin you use that impacts the front end of your site costs something in terms of speed – it’s up to you to decide whether it’s worth it.
How to fix it:
Go through your plugins and get rid of any that aren’t absolutely necessary. If you’re using plugins to do something simple like add Google Analytics to your site, do a web search and figure out how to add it to your theme manually.
Also, consider a website audit to get an idea of what plugins you could eliminate, as well as other ways to improve your site’s look, feel, and performance.
4. Blog Images
Every website needs images – no one wants to look at huge blocks of text with nothing to break them up or make them interesting.
But when you have a ton of giant image files on your site, it’s impossible for any browser to load them quickly.
How to fix it:
Resize your images before you ever upload them. For instance, if your content area is only 600px wide, there’s no reason to upload an image wider than that.
And does the image really need to take up the entire width of the screen? Use a plugin like Shortpixel to compress your images – this makes the files smaller and enables them to load faster.
4 Tips to Make Your Blog Load Faster.
Your server/hosting, themes, plugins, and images are the main things you need to optimize to make your blog load faster.
These are the following steps you can take to help your website load faster.
1. Choose a Fast Hosting
Web hosting is the ultimate thing you should consider in terms of improving page loading speed. If your blog hosting is not fast, you won’t get the ultimate page speed.
There are thousands of web hosting out there, and I’ve tested dozens of hosting, But I found Bluehost (read my reviews) is worth the money. It is one of my favorite blog hosting and I’ve been using it for 3 years now.
Also, I use it on Passive Blogger and got a nice page speed that helps me to survive core vitals. If you want to know about Passive Blogger hosting History, check this out!
- Free Domain – 1 year
- Free CDN Included
- 24/7 Customer Support
- Free SSL Certificate
- Free Automated Backup – 1 year
- WordPress recommended
Why did I choose Bluehost over other web hosting?
There are many web hosting out there but I choose Bluehost because of its Fast Page Speed, and good support.
Don’t believe me, here’s the truth!
Page Speed on Mobile:
A couple of days back I migrate my blog from Rocket hosting to Bluehost. And I was shocked when I tested my site speed on Google Pagespeed Insights.
It was 51 out of hundreds on Mobile, after migrating to Bluehost, it goes 95 out of hundred. You can check my live site speed here.
Page Speed on Desktop:
Again it blows my mind, it was 89 with my previous host, but with Bluehost, it goes hundreds.
I hope you understand why WordPress itself recommends Bluehost among thousands.
If you are planning to start a brand new blog, recommend you start with Bluehost, it is easy to use for beginners and beyond.
Now you might ask which Bluehost plan I use.
Well, currently I use the Choice Plus plan for Passive Blogger which is enough for now.
And which plan is good for bloggers? If you’re a newbie blogger pick Plus or Choice Plus plans among them. You won’t get wrong with them, and you get enough resources to run your blog smoothly.
2. Pick a Fast Blog theme
Pick a good blog theme that is fast, responsive, and multifunction, eventually, it speeds up your WordPress website.
Mostly newbie bloggers make mistakes by picking a free theme and end up with severe page loading issues. Free themes can be heavy and load slowly because they are not well coded or SEO optimized.
So spend money on a blog theme if you want to make your blog more professional. That being said, it’s worth paying for a paid theme in the long run.
However, there are thousands of WordPress themes out there, and picking the right one is quite overwhelming.
Over three years of blogging, I’ve used a couple of themes for my blog and ended up with a great blog theme Kadence & Avada. Two of these are worth paying if you plan to make money blogging.
I use both of them for my amazon niche blog and both work great and have fast page loading because of their technology.
Whether you want to start a lifestyle blog or a personal blog, Avada & Kadence is the perfect solution for you. Of course, it increases your blogging cost, but it’s 100% worth the money.
Anyhow, if you want to improve page loading speed, try to use a fast and responsive theme. Or if you already using one that causes slow your site speed, replace your current theme with Avada or Kedance.
3. Use a Caching Plugin.
The most popular cache plugins for WordPress are WP Rocket (paid).
Personally, I use and recommend WP Rocket because (1) it’s easier to configure, and (2) it seems to play nicer with a variety of themes, plugins, and server configurations.
Wp Rocket is even the most powerful solution to improve page loading speed, boost your loading time, improve your PageSpeed score, and also optimize your Core Web Vitals.
So what is a caching plugin?
A caching plugin basically stores a static version of the pages of your site, loading that for visitors instead of reloading every individual element on the page over and over.
The cache will reset multiple times every hour (or when you clear it manually) to check for any updates so your visitors are seeing the most current version of your site.
When properly configured, a caching plugin is the single best way to speed up a WordPress site.
4. Use CDN
Consider using a content delivery network or CDN. CDN does great jobs for your site, it stores copies of your images, scripts, and stylesheets on different servers across the globe, meaning they don’t have to travel as far when someone loads a page on your site.
When you use a CDN with a caching plugin, that’s where the magic happens; one of my sites went from a 17+ second load time to under 2 seconds!
I highly recommend Cloudflare or Stackpath. I use Cloudflare enterprise service to keep my sites loading quickly. You can easily set up your CDN from Cloudflare (it’s free).
However, using CDN is the best way to improve page loading speed and security.
Bonus Tips: Test Your site’s speed regularly
Using speed checker tools like Google Pagespeed insights– just enter your URL and wait to see how long your site takes to load.
If you take a look at the “waterfall” underneath your results, you’ll be able to see which elements take the longest.
This can help you make decisions such as whether or not to get rid of a plugin, as well as show you any errors that occur when loading your site.
If your site is loading slowly, don’t just shrug it off as something you can’t control.
There are tons of options available to make your site lightning-fast and help you keep visitors’ attention!
Do you use other methods to improve page loading speed that I didn’t mention? Let me know in the comment below!
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5 thoughts on “How to Make Your Blog Load Faster – (in 4 Simple Steps)”
Another fantastic article! This topic was actually one I was addressing today with my own site and I am tremendously happy that I stumbled upon your article. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge!
Hey Victoria, Glad to hear that you’ve found it helpful!
So many useful tips!
A detailed post on improving website speed. You explained each reason very well. I think everyone should read this post to improve their blog speed.
Hi, Indu! I’m glad to know that you’ve found this helpful!