20 WordPress Tips and Tricks for 2022!

January 20, 2022    Reading Time: 4 Minutes

WordPress is a powerful platform for building websites. It’s also one of the most popular CMS platforms out there. WordPress has been around since 2003, yet it continues to innovate and improve. In this blog post I’ll be going over 20 WordPress tips and tricks that will help take your site to the next level!

Tip #01: Use a WordPress Theme that is Optimized for Speed

One of the best ways to speed up your WordPress site is by using a theme that is optimized for speed. There are many great themes out there that are designed with speed in mind, and companies (like ours) that create custom themes so be sure to do your research before you choose one.

Tip #02: Use a Cache Plugin

Another great way to speed up your WordPress site is by using a cache plugin. A cache plugin will store a copy of your website’s static files (such as CSS and JavaScript files) on the user’s computer, which will then be served to them instead of having to generate those files each time they visit your site. This can result in a significant decrease in page load time.

Tip #03: Use a Content Delivery Network (CDN)

A content delivery network, or CDN, is a service that hosts copies of your website’s static files on multiple servers around the world. This will help ensure that your site loads quickly no matter where the user is located.

Tip #04: Minimize the Use of Plugins

While plugins are a great way to add extra functionality to your WordPress site, using too many of them can slow it down. Try to only use plugins that are absolutely necessary, and remove any that you don’t use regularly.

Tip #05: Optimize Your Images

If you’re not optimizing your images before uploading them to your WordPress site, you’re doing it wrong. Optimizing your images can significantly reduce the size of your files, which will in turn improve page load times. There are many ways to optimize images, but my favorite is by using a plugin called WP Smush.

Tip #06: Use a Good Hosting Provider

A good hosting provider is essential for a fast and reliable WordPress site. I recommend using a host that specializes in WordPress hosting, such as our cloud hosting offerings.

Tip #07: Use a Performance Monitoring Tool

A performance monitoring tool is a great way to keep an eye on your WordPress site’s performance and identify any areas that need improvement.

Tip #08: Enable Gzip Compression

Gzip compression is a technique that can be used to reduce the size of files sent to the user’s browser. Enabling Gzip compression can significantly improve page load times.

Tip #09: Use a Lazy Loading Plugin

Lazy loading is a technique that delays the loading of images and other assets until they are needed. This can help improve page load times by avoiding the need to load all of your site’s assets at once.

Tip #10: Add an Expires Header

An expires header is a response header that tells the user’s browser how long to store a copy of the file. This can be used to improve page load times by preventing the need for the browser to download files that it has already cached.

Tip #11: Minimize DNS Lookups

DNS lookups are when the browser has to lookup the IP address of a domain name. By minimizing the number of DNS lookups, you can improve page load times.

Tip #12: Optimize Your Homepage

Your homepage is one of the most important pages on your site, so it’s important to make sure that it’s optimized for speed. Try to keep the number of assets on your homepage to a minimum, and use a caching plugin to store a copy of it on the user’s computer.

Tip #13: Optimize Your Database

Over time, your WordPress database will grow in size as you add more and more content to your site. This can slow down your site significantly. To optimize your database, use a plugin like WP-Optimize to remove unnecessary data and defragment the tables.

Tip #14: Disable Unused Plugins and Themes

If you’re not using a plugin or theme, disable it. This will free up resources and improve page load times.

Tip #16: Enable Compression

Compression is a technique that can be used to reduce the size of files sent to the user. Enabling compression can significantly improve page load times.

Tip #17: Secure Your Site with SSL

SSL is a security protocol that helps protect your site from hackers. By enabling SSL, you can help keep your site safe and secure.

Tip #18: Malware Scanning

Malware scanning is the process of scanning your site for malware and removing it if found. By using a malware scanner, you can help protect your site from hackers and keep it safe and secure.

Tip #19: Take Daily Backups

It’s important to take backups of your WordPress site on a regular basis. This will help you protect your data in the event of a disaster.

Tip #20: Limit Administrator Access

It’s a good idea to limit administrator access to only those who need it. This will help protect your site from hackers.

That’s all for now! I’ll be back soon with more WordPress tips and tricks. In the meantime, be sure to check out our other blog posts on WordPress optimization and security. Thanks for reading!

Written by Shawn Hooghkirk on January 20, 2022

Last updated on January 17, 2022. Shawn is the President of Graticle, Inc.

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