Site load speed is an important factor that determines your visitors user experience (UX) and therefore a ranking factor in google.
As such if you want to improve the performance of your website in search engine rankings, you need to pay attention to your site load speed.
Site Load Speed Test
You can check your current site load speed by doing a site load speed test at tool.pingdom.com which you can do for free as seen on the screenshot below.
As seen above, the site load speed for my blog is 422 milliseconds, which is exceptionally fast. Anything under 1 second is exceptionally fast and provides a great user experience (UX).
How Did I Get My Site To Load So Fast
Well, for 1, I use a really good hosting service available through wealthy affiliate called siterubix. Siterubix is one of the most advanced website building and hosting platforms available and is available for free via wealthy affiliate.
As a premium member of wealthy affiliate you have access to SitePlus+, which has a built in feature to improve your site load speed. All you need to do is to turn is on.
You find it under site manager as seen below and then click on SitePlus+.
You will be taken to the page below after which you just turn on the feature.
Secondly I’m careful not to use too many plugins on my wordpress site. Siterubix recommends not using more than 5 plugins as a general rule as this can have a detrimental impact on your site load speed.
How Do You Determine Which Plugin Is Slowing Down Your Site Load Speed
You can either check your site load speed by doing a site load speed test at tool.pingdom.com before you install the plugin and then do another test after you install the plugin and see if there is a significant difference in the site load speed.
Alternatively you can use a plugin called P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler).
This is a free wordpress plugin which will enable you to profile your installed plugins to determine which plugins are having the most impact on your site load speed. You’ll find it by searching for it under WP plugins as seen below.
Once you’ve installed and activated the plugin you will find it under tools as seen below. You will then start the scan and select auto scan. The plugin will then run the test which should take a few seconds after which you will select view results.
The results will be displayed as seen above. The plugin gives you the total impact of your plugins on site load speed and a breakdown by plugin.
You will then be in a position to determine whether the plugins you’ve installed are worth keeping.
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