Ways by Nitin Khanna on How to Speed Up WordPress Photography Website
There are hundreds and thousands of photographers who run their business and display their photographic portfolio using the WordPress platform. It is not only an inexpensive platform to use, but is relatively a relaxed content management system to learn. It is a system that works for even the smallest of the blogs to the most highly trafficked websites on the web.
While WordPress performance is fairly fast with a new installation, you can add content, themes and plugins, the performance typically decreases drastically. So I’ve come up with some recommendations for basic optimizations for your WordPress website that can help you decrease load times while increasing the overall page speed.
1. Limit the number of plugins being used
This cannot be stressed enough. I have seen websites with over 60 plugins as well. However, I recommend not more than 10 to 15 WordPress plugins at most. Depending on what plugins you are using, this number can still be high. The quality of the plugins being used is also really important. If you find that you need the features of all those extra plugins, you better find a theme that already has those features included without the use of plugins.
2. Bloated themes
There exist both good and bad themes. The theme you choose can play a large role in the performance of your WordPress website. As a rule, it is recommended that you keep a close eye on the number of features included in your theme. All in all, the lighter the theme, the better is will perform.
3. Image Optimization
Always ensure that your images are properly optimized for the use on your website before uploading the images in your WP media library. The images should be small in size, without compromising on the quality of the image. Using HTML to scale your images, use additional resources that can increase the load time of your WordPress website.
4. Use a Caching Plugin
Rather than loading all the PHP scripts from the WordPress, the caching plugins work by saving the dynamically generated HTML files and serving them from the cache whenever a request is made. The result is that your website will load faster for all the visitors. I recommend using the WP Super Cache as a caching plugin. It has been downloaded for over 1 Million times and I myself have seen the best performances yielded from it on my website www.nitinkhanna.net.