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WordPress Tutorials: WordPress-Optimization
In this lesson, we will learn about how to optimize a WordPress site.
The following are a few simple tips to optimize your WordPress site:
- Have the right names for images.
- Use short permalinks that contain keywords.
- Connect posts to social networks.
- Ensure high quality and meaningful content.
- Delete your trash box.
- Keep Checking The Statistics of Your Site.
- The sitemap should be in XML format.
- Keep checking your plugins.
- Have optimized themes.
- Beware of black hat techniques.
Have the right names for images:
Choose unique names for the images; consider choosing images keeping the user in mind. Use keywords that might be helpful for the users. Your images must have specific names and don’t forget to add your alternative tags and title tags to your images.
For example: If your image is about icecream chocolate shake then do not mention the name as Ish6514, instead of it, put it as ‘ Chocolate-Icecream-Shake-Shakes-Restuarant-Ohio.jpg’. This would be much easier to search for.
Use short permalinks that contains keywords:
The permalink that you use for your website must be unique, short and understandable. For example: Always use ” http://www.mywebsite.com/wordpress-tutorials/” instead of “www.mywebsite.com/page-id?5631456325/”.
Connect posts to social networks:
Today, social media is a very good aspect. So have them connected to your blog posts, pages, etc., to have good ranks and popularity. Help promote other posts and pages too and they will do the same in return.
Ensure high quality and meaningful content:
The most important thing that matters in any of your pages is the content. You must have good content with keywords that can be helpful for users, not for the search engines. Content should be understandable and not complicated or difficult to read.
Delete your trash box:
For more speed and to have a good flow with your website, always consider cleaning your trash box.
Keep checking the statistics of your site:
The size of the page matters a lot. The more images, flash, videos or media related posts on your page, the more it would be slower to load. Yslowi> module plugin is recommended to help you get a faster page browsing.
The sitemap should be in XML formate:
Google has many tools that can be useful. Tools like Website Optimizer, Webmaster Central, and Google XML sitemaps are very easy to use.
Keep checking your plugins:
Having many plugins in WordPress may also be the reason for your page to slow load. So keep a check on your plugins which you’re working on. Consider checking your plugins before you add them.
Have optimized themes:
Always use those themes that are fast and are optimized for WordPress so that when applied to a website, it must not have low speed.
Beware of black hat techniques:
Don’t trick Google as it finds you in no time. Don’t put yourself in trouble and create problems for your site by using black hat techniques. Be sure to use genuine SEO techniques.