How To Speed Up WordPress Blog In 3 Simple Steps

by Sushant Risodkar · 39 comments

WordPress is one of the popular blogging platform which offers almost full control on our blog. Due to this, most of us use our wordpress blog to its extreme limits by activating many plugins, using various kind of widgets, high quality design which thus results into slower loading time of the blog.

As you might be aware that Google recently included site speed as a factor for ranking websites thus it becomes important to optimize our wordpress blog speed not only to have the chance to get better rankings with that new signal but also to improve our readers experience and also to improve bounce rate. Because, if your blog is gonna be slow then people will look forward to fly off your blog.

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In this post, I will guide you through 3 simple steps which I have also used to speed up wordpress blog.

Step1. Install The New Best Caching Plugin

From the start of wordpress blog speed optimizing trend, most of us were told and used WP Super Cache for serving cached pages to increase the blog speed. But from past half year or so, there is a new leader in this department and which I think is 10 times better than WP Super Cache and its name is W3 Total Cache.

As your first step to speed your wordpress blog, Install W3 Total Cache plugin which I think is very simple to do like any other plugin installation and then activate it.

With the plugin alone, you will see a faster version of your blog. But wait a second and keep reading to make it more faster.

Step2. Buy A CDN Service

As a next step to speed up wordpress blog, you need to buy a CDN service.

In simple language, CDN stands for Content Delivery Network which is a network of highly optimized servers that are spread all over the world to serve your blog to the user based on its geographical location and the nearest server to that place.

Using a CDN might sound strange if you are having a small blog and may also appear costly but it is not really the case. Right now, even small and mid-size blog should try to look over a CDN service to distribute the blog to the user. But many times, they aren’t able to do so due to costly prices of getting a CDN service.

But not anymore!

MaxCDN has brought a Limited-Time Special Offer with which you can get their CDN service for just $10/mo $39.95(offer price has been increased now) in which you get 1 TB = 1024 GB of bandwith. Now if you are a small or mid size blog then that cost and the amount of bandwith being offered is more than enough looking at the average requirements.

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So, as your second step to speed up wordpress blog, you need to Click Here And Buy Max CDN service.

Step3. Integrate CDN With Your Blog

Now in the final step to speed up wordpress blog, you need integrate MaxCDN with your blog.

For making this happen, log into your Max CDN dashboard and Click on Manage Zones from the upper tabs.

Next, click on the “Create Pull Zones” option from that page and fill the information as shown in the below screenshot:

After you have clicked on the “Create Button”, note down your temporary URL. In my case, it was – blog.smartbloggerz.netdna-cdn.com

As the final process, you need to copy this URL and log into your wordpress dashboard. Assuming that you have installed W3 Total Cache plugin; click on the settings tab of W3 Total cache. Make sure that CDN settings is enabled from the “General Settings” tab.

Then go to CDN settings and under Configuration segment you will see a blank box pointed by the text “Replace site’s hostname with:”. In that box, paste your temporary URL which you copied on the creation of Pull Zone and click on “Save Changes”. Yes, only this much. Nothing else.

Once you have done that, you will definitely see a faster loading blog which is being served by a CDN network.

Will That Make The Blog Really Fast?

According to me, CDN along with W3 Total Cache really improves the loading time and speeds up serving multimedia files. I am using MaxCDN service from almost a month now and it has really improved the overall speed of the blog.

Now people can download and watch videos at faster speed. For example, at normal conditions I get a Download speed of 20 KB/sec but whenever I download or watch any videos that is being served from a CDN network, I get superb speeds which is 100’s times faster than my normal speed.

Here is a screenshot of a video being downloaded to my PC hosted on my blog and served from my CDN:

CDN Speed

Did you see that speed? Isn’t it amazing? That’s why I recommend using a CDN service like MaxCDN with W3 Total Cache plugin to speed up wordpress blog.

Conclusion

If you are using wordpress platform then I definitely recommend you using a CDN network along with W3 total Cache plugin to speed up wordpress blog so that your readers can easily read your blog articles and which could then also help in improving your Google rankings considering the new site speed factor introduced by Google in their ranking algorithm.

So are you using any caching plugin? Is it W3 Total Cache or something else? Also, are using CDN service or thinking to use it? Let me know your opinion on this post by commenting below.


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Sudharsan September 9, 2010 at 1:48 am

But CDN is paid service….Any free method to decrease load time of our blog ?– Sudharsan @ Technoskillonline

Umar Rasul October 12, 2010 at 11:20 pm

39$ are too much… isnt there any free service to get CDN…? Ive heard some people using subdomain as CDN… whats is the procedure to do that?

Typhoon October 13, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Using a sub domain just divides the load of your website and enables the web browser to make more connections. It does not help much in increasing speed compared to using a cdn service. That $39 price is just a one time payment.

There is one free CDN: coralcdn.org

But obviously, something like this offered “free” surely would be having some glitch and you might not get satisfactory results.

So go for MaxCDN

Jack October 20, 2010 at 11:35 am

I have been using W3 Total Cache, it does make site load faster, but not by that much. If google takes speed an important ranking factor, then I am going to try CDN and see if it can improve my ranking.

satrap January 16, 2011 at 2:38 am

I have been hearing a lot about CDN lately and ho many bloggers are using it to serve content externally and speed up the load time of their blog. I think I am going to do some more research to learn a bit more, because I am kind of worried about the safety and security issues due to the fact that I really don’t know how exactly it works. Thanks for the article and the tips.

noa January 17, 2011 at 8:07 am

Hello,

i am new at CDN and some info will be rly usefull for me.

– There is only 1 time feee ? the bandwidth is monthly or total ?
-if i have 15.000 unique visitors /day how many bandwidth i will need?
– what about the space ? i need disk space to store my html files in CDN, need to pay more ?
– many files are not totaly static, they have dynamic parts, will they still work ?
from 1 – 10 what will be the increased web speed ?
– my vps is using a lot of cpu, adding a CDN will reduce my cpu usage ? from 1-10 how much ?

Sorry all this questions, but its rly important to me
Thnx for readin
Best Regards

Typhoon January 17, 2011 at 7:27 pm

-You will be billed at that price after every year. The bandwith is added completely again with the start of new month.

-That is hard to say as it depends on your blog size and calculating it is really tough. And no, CDN just caches and spreads your files across their servers. So no disk space tension.

– Using a cdn will just increase your blog speed. I don’t know whether it improves the CPU performance or not.

Note: These answers should not be considered accurate at all. There could be some mistakes. For better support, you should ask the support team of the CDN company.

namita June 11, 2011 at 9:15 pm

CDN…. my be good but not can be affordable to new bloggers

Jym @ Blog Marketing July 15, 2011 at 4:31 pm

Hi Sushant,

Here’s an update for your readers who don’t have a budget for a premium CDN – CloudFlare CDN has an awesome free version which is easily integrated with W3TC to speed things up (check my ComLuv link below for more info).

Two other key areas which make the difference are a good host (preferably Cloud hosting) and, of course, a well coded theme (like the one you’re using).

Other than that, it’s all down to plugins, image optimization and such.

Love the way you broke the three steps down in this post mate. Nice work.

Michelle Sterling September 7, 2011 at 12:52 am

I’m using W3 Total Cache and it works like magic for me. I haven’t tried CDN before, though. Thank you for the tip. I’ll see if I can get a hold of one and will let you know how it worked out. Thanks!

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