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11 Ways to Make WordPress Faster

The need for speed

When it comes to your website‘s loading time, every second counts. The need for speed nowadays translates into every aspect of life, including the time spent browsing the web.

In fact:

  • A website’s loading time is a contributing factor to page abandonment. We now know that a user’s expectancy when it comes to waiting for a webpage to load is 2 seconds or less.
  • Faster loading time improves your website’s search engine ranking.
  • Your website loading faster can also increase your website’s conversion rate. Research shows that a 1 second delay in page response can result in a 7% reduction in conversions.

Identify speed bumps

Now, the next logical step towards fixing the problem with your website is identifying it by running a speed test.

Pingdom is a well-known and free tool that offers website monitoring services. Another great thing about this tool is that it has a user friendly interface, offers easy to follow summaries and it helps you to easily identify the existing issues with your website.

Make it faster

Once you’ve identified the issues it should be a little easier to fix the problem.

Keep it simple at the core

Think about your WordPress website like a body. If you want to strengthen the whole body you have to find ways to strengthen the core.

Now, what is the core of your website? Your website’s core would be: the hosting, themes and the plugins. Keeping these simple and uncluttered will help making it stronger, aka faster.

Choose a fast host

When it comes to choosing a server to host your website, you have to do your research. Reliable and fast hosting options aren’t always the cheap ones. The quality of the hosting service is definitely linked to how much you have paid for it.

Choose a clean theme

Choosing a theme can be overwhelming, especially with so many options to choose from. A solid framework and clean theme are going to help your website run faster. This way you won’t need excessive plugins, which will keep your website uncluttered.

Use caching plugins

W3 Total Caches is a plugin designed to improve your website’s user experience by increasing server performance. It can also help with loading speed by reducing download times and providing transparent content delivery network integration.

Only keep what you need

When it comes to using plugins for your website avoid installing non-essential ones. Every once in a while it’s best to do a check-up of the plugins you already have: keep the ones that work and get rid of the faulty ones.

Optimize images

An image optimizer will reduce the file size of an image while maintaining its quality. WP-Smushit is a free plugin that can do this automatically for you while also boosting your SEO.

Optimise the website homepage

Optimising your homepage contributes to a faster website loading time. The homepage is the page that needs to work faster, since it’s also the one that most users will be landing on.

A few quick ways to optimize it are:

  • Show excerpts instead of full posts;
  • Reduce the number of posts shown on the page;
  • Remove unnecessary widgets (you can include them in posts).

All in all, just keep it simple and minimalist – it will look better and load faster.

Optimise database

Database optimisation plugins are simple but effective clean-up tools for your website database; an automatic organiser. WordPress offers many options for database optimisation, such as: WP-Optimize andWP-DBManager.

Revisions control

Revision Control is a simple plugin that allows you to control the amount of post revisions stored. Less clutter means more storage space and faster loading time.

Image loading time

When a post contains lots of images it may take longer until they can all load. This plugin can help with this – it loads the images above the fold and as the reader scrolls down, the other images begin to load just before they come into view.

Storage space and security

CloudFare is a great tool that can not only increase the loading speed of your website, but can also offer the website its needed security. Along with W3 Total Cache plugin, they make a great combination that can drastically improve your website’s loading speed and security issues.

 

App Development Predictions for 2016

When referring to app development, the best way to predict what future trends are going to look like is to figure out the right combination of what people want, what people need, and what is possible with today’s mobile technology advances.

While statistics show there is no argue to the fact that mobile app technology is a key insight to the successful outcome of any business today, mobile app development is still on the rise. With approximately worldwide mobile app revenues of 45 billion dollars in 2015 alone, it is estimated that the industry’s numbers will reach 58 billion by 2016. (Source)

How can app development influence the profitability of your business? Although it may be hard to know exactly what app features are best suited to your company needs, mobile marketing technological advancements indicate that app development should be on your top priority list.

Did you know: Almost a billion smartphones have been sold in 2015 and the number is expected to go over 10 billion mobile internet devices in use by 2016, according to techinasia.com. If you are thinking about developing a mobile app for your business, contact one of the representatives at EB Pearls for a quote.

 

What are the current mobile app development trends that the market is focusing on?

  • Social networking mobile app – the fastest growing and most demanded apps among users.
  • Context marketing that is improving user experience through mobile app frontend usage.
  • Location-based services. A multi-billion niche for mobile app markets.
  • Mobile search for e-commerce – makes consumer experience easier while looking for products or comparing prices between vendors.
  • Standalone and moving objects recognition. This refers to those apps featured with sensor and processing capabilities.

 

Bonus Tip: According to statistics, 46% of mobile app users paid for their apps and the number is expected to reach over 268 billion downloads by the end of 2016.

With that in mind, here are some of the most influential app development trends for 2016:

Demand for enterprise apps continues to grow: This means that organisations need to keep their employees more connected to a specific end goal in order to meet their demands. Whether it refers to design, integration or security, every developer will have to synchronise their capabilities to the increasing enterprise app demand.

A better user experience: The most important thing for a superior client experience is the communication that exists between developers and designers. As end users are increasingly demanding a better user experience, app development no longer looks at keeping individuals in a certain app for as long as possible, but rather looks at enabling an intuitive user experience.

The fascination with Big Data: Did you know that only 1% of all apps are using cognitive services today? The hype around Big Data has been present in the marketing industry for years, however, it is still a work in progress. For 2016, you can expect updates in machine learning, real-time data-as-a-service, algorithm markets, Spark, and more.

Size matters: Not only are there plenty of devices and screen sizes available on the market right now, but developers also have to find a solution to figuring out how an app will look like and how it will work on various devices (for example, smart watches).

A new world to be discovered: In other words…IoT, also known as the Internet of Things. As more and more things are getting connected, apps will be required to track or manage them. It is very probable that these apps will have a lot to say about the selling process, too!

Bonus Tip: 34% of IoT developers today are building apps that require real-time data analysis and processing 50% or more of the time, according to the Evans Data’s Internet of Things Study from 2015.

 

Are you interested in adopting new ideas for your mobile app development plans for 2016? Get in touch with us here for an obligation-free consultation.