4 Steps to Optimizing Your WordPress Blog

by on July 30th, 2011

WordPress is a site that maintains a position of superiority for most blog users. There are four steps to optimizing your WordPress blog that will keep your site in the best shape that it can be. This is important for the success of your business or online presence. It should use less server space and still operate in top shape. This is essential to rank well and offer the best content for your blog. The following steps are recommended to help optimize your blog.

Maintain the updates of your WordPress blog

The people that run WordPress are always optimizing the site. This requires you to keep your blog updated so it runs the way that it should. If you fail to do this, then your blog will inevitably have issues. It is very important if you have installed anything manually. Those manual installations can cause problems with any updates that WordPress performs.

Check your plugin installations on a regular basis

This follows the previous point. You have to keep an eye on any plugins that you have installed because they tend to get out of control. You should also make sure that your blog does not have too many plugins. If it does, it can be a problem for the efficiency of the pages. Many times a blog can have security issues that relate right back to manually installed plugins that go crazy. You could also end up with a plugin that someone added malicious code to. This can have disastrous effects on your community reputation. You do not want that. Keep your plugins under control and you should be fine. If you fail to do that you will regret it. You could even end up with your WordPress blog being shut down by the administration of the site. Check the resources that your plugin requires before installing it to your blog.

Never stack your blog pages

This is very important to keep your WordPress blog operating at max speed. Most guests will visit your homepage. Stacking would bog it down. So make sure that your posts are on another page and not on the homepage. Don’t stack those pages. You might be able to get away with eight to ten posts, but never go far above that. If you do, you run the risk of slowing down your blog significantly. It is not a problem if your site has very little traffic. It is a big issue is your site has a lot of traffic though. Watch your pictures as well. It is typically best to store them on another server in order to conserve your resources, then use them on your blog. This saves even more room on your blog. You have to watch how much your resources are. These things can keep all of that in healthy condition.

Use WordPress Super Cache or W3 Total Cache

It is always recommended that any WordPress blog should use this to store your pages in a static HTML file so you can reach them whenever you need to do so. This is very important if you use MySQL for your server. The efficiency of that server depends on it. It can reduce CPU usage by 70%. That efficiency offers your WordPress blog a faster loading time for your guests. That means happy blog guests and repeat readers. Your subscribers will be faithful to you if quality content and speed are provided. You must be very cautious about that point in order to remain in the top position.

Conclusion…

Make sure to take these four important steps to help you optimize your WordPress blog and improve chances of your blog remaining on the front page of search engines. Remember, relevancy is key; speed is as well. And, always remember to watch those plug-ins and you’ll be well on your way to reaching a better search engine position.

Author: Brian Flores is a blogger for InMotion Hosting, a VPS hosting company in Los Angeles, CA.; You can follow him on Twitter @BrianAFlores.


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