(Update Apr 27 with a 6th bonus step) At Vilna Gaon eCommerce, we are constantly looking to increase the speed of our Clients Online Shops (102 WooCommerce under management and counting…). We do implement a large effort to fasten a WooCommerce site to reach the fastest Google PageSpeed.
As Cloudflare researched, a website’s conversion rate is the percentage of users who take a desired action, and conversion rate is tied directly to how much revenue a website generates. Page speed has a huge impact on user behavior.
Here are 6 steps you should do now (like Today, within the next 2 hours):
Step 1 – Get your Hosting some Cache (OPCache, Memcache, Redis)
OPcache will speed up any service based on PHP. Also, PHP is so extremely slow without op-caching that it’s really necessary. OPcache is therefore included in newer versions of PHP (from 5.5). OPcache has to be install on your Hosting.
Memcached is one of the caching mechanisms that reside on your hosting server. It mainly deals with the database queries that help in reducing the database load resulting in a fast loading web page. If your website/store relies heavily on database queries, using Memcached for WordPress website would significantly improve the performance and reduce the page load time.
Unlike cache plugins, that run from inside the WordPress site, Redis is a server-side cache. WordPress cache plugins are made to accelerate the rendering of the website frontend by caching static versions of the pages that don’t run any code (for instance, the regular pages and posts that are served as static cached content).
Step 2 – Install WP Rocket as a Cache
WP Rocket is a premium WordPress plugin that makes websites load fast easily, in a few clicks. Over 700,000 websites are already boosted by WP Rocket. It’s recognized as the most powerful caching plugin by WordPress experts, and also the best rated premium caching plugin.
Good to know: WP Rocket has an easy way to optimize the CDN integration.
Step 3 – Install Scalability Pro to remove all “fat” processes
David created a plugin that can implement the right indexes on your WP Database and can cut all superficial PHP queries that slow down your WP site. By using that plugin, you will be able to run a million SKUs WooCommerce without a problem.
Step 4 – Get a CDN like Cloudflare in the way
Cloudflare’s free plugin for WordPress accelerates page load speeds, improves SEO, and protects against DDoS attacks and WordPress-specific vulnerabilities.
The WordPress plugin for Cloudflare offers all of the benefits of Cloudflare, with a one-click installation of settings specifically developed for the WordPress platform.
Step 5 – Use Imagify to reduce the Image sizes and turn them into WEBP
Speed up your website with this image optimizer and get lighter images without losing quality. The image resizing will fix your slow WooCommerce in a short time and effort.
Imagify is the most advanced tool to optimize images. You can now use this power directly in WordPress.
After enabling it, all your images including thumbnails will be automatically optimized when uploaded into WordPress. You can also use Imagify to convert WebP images for free.
Step 6 – Offload your WordPress Images to Amazon S3
As your WordPress site grows, you might be looking for a more effective, affordable way to manage your site’s images, videos, and other media files.
In this Media Cloud review, I’ll share a little more about how this approach works because you might not be familiar with it. Then, I’ll go through the whole Media Cloud feature list and show you how everything works.
What if those steps to fasten a WooCommerce site is too difficult for you?
We can help 🙂 With a few accesses to your WordPress, we can go through all the reasons why your site would be slow. As stated, most of the WordPress speed issues come from bad plugins and misconfigured themes. A lot of agencies will push you to upgrade your hosting but it’s rarely the right choice.
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