Speed Up Your WordPress Blog

Last week I was again struggling with server issues and downtimes on all my sites which made me look at ways to reduce the load on my poor server. I currently have about 50 wordpress installations and some 10 php based sites on the server.

Though wordpress is considered to be a efficient script, having 50 of them at the same place can be a problem, or so I learnt! Going through the “ways to speed up wordpress tips” across the google results on the blogosphere, I noticed the regular tips like

  1. Upgrade wordpress to the latest edition
  2. Delete unused and unwanted  plugins
  3. Use Cache plugins for wordpress
  4. Yada yada blah blah!

One particular practical tip I liked was the one to reduce server requests. If you use a free wordpress theme, it is highly possible that you are violating this rule. Following are the places which you might want to check and replace if you are looking for ways to reduce load times and server overloads.

If you open up your header.php in wordpress theme editor, you will see something like the above. Each time your page is requested, there is about 7 php queries requested already in the header.php! It might not be very intensive, but if you get a lot of traffic, they can quickly add up.

To speed up load times, simply replace the above requests to absolute destinations and you just saved some micro seconds of load times! What other tips do you have on speeding up your scripts? Thanks to Lorelle.

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