How To Increase Media Loading Speed

How To Increase Media Loading Speed

Liam Firth

The speed that your media loads at is very important to how successful your WordPress site is. Bad WordPress performance is something which can put people off using your site and mean that they end up trying a different one instead. In this article, we are going to tell you how to increase media loading speed and improve your WordPress performance. Make sure to keep reading if you’d like to find out more.

Use Properly Sized Images

Our first tip for improving your WordPress performance is to only input images at the proper size. To do this, you should take note of WordPress’s sizing guidelines and resize your images offsite. This is easy to do and there is plenty of software that will help you do it. You should also ensure that you get rid of the original images in order to prevent duplicates from appearing on your site. This will help to increase your media loading speed and improve the performance of your site.

Get Rid Of Unused Files

If you have uploaded a lot of images in the past to your WordPress site, then you’ll find that deleting these files might actually increase the overall speed. There are probably a lot of images and files on there that you don’t even use anymore so make sure to get rid of them. As well as the images, you should get rid of plugins, themes and any posts that you are not going to publish. Once you’ve done a clear out, you should find that your WordPress performance has improved.

Using Symlinks

Symbolic links take their place on your site in order to store the WordPress plugins that you have. These links operate by accessing a file from somewhere else, or through another file. This can be great for your site as many slow plugins can actually affect your speed and when you can access them from somewhere else, you can improve your site’s media loading speed. There are two places that you store these files, these are in a Git repository or in a cloud storage folder. From there you can add some symlinks and improve the speed of your site.

Restrict Access

A final way that you can increase the media loading speed of your site is to restrict access. To restrict media library access, you’ll need to use a special plugin like Adminimize which lets you choose who gets access to what. If you use this then you can ensure that only the admin can access the library and add new files. You can also use this plugin to restrict plugin access as well as limiting post revisions.

Final Thoughts

Make sure to follow our tips if you want to improve the overall media loading speed on your WordPress site. Once you do this, you can ensure that your visitors stay on the site and come back again in the future.

Liam Firth

Author Liam Firth

Liam is a Technical Lead with eight-years’ experience in Magento and WordPress development, as well as engineering AWS and DevOps. He likes sourcing new and shiny tech solutions for real-world problems. He is a Magento Professional Certified Developer.

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