Google and other search engines care a lot about user experience. One of the things that often frustrates people browsing the internet is website speed – how fast websites load and ready for viewing and usage. If real people don't like slow websites neither does Google.
Word Press is built with heavy PHP codes that do take time to load. Hence, any Word Press-based website loses some potential for ranking better in Google search results. However, there's a solution: WP Super Cache Word Press plugin.
This post will show you how to install and setup WP Super Cache plugin in 3 minutes (video tutorial included).
Check out Max’s walkthrough here (complete with screenshots and video)
My take: Max actually introduced me to this plugin awhile back and it has definitely increased the speed and load time of my blog greatly.
Use the settings that Max suggests for the best results.
Also after you put in a new post just click the “delete cache” plugin to clear the cache.
I’ve noticed that over the last couple of months my average speed time in Google Analytics has increased and it’s noticeable to the naked eye as well. So it’s not just something for the search engines.
Also some additional ways to boost your speed are as follows.
#1. Keep your image size down. Using images are great but keep them smaller. I usually like to use small pictures in my blogs but I like nothing larger than 400 x 300 or there about.
#3. Keep video sizes down. If you’re putting videos on your pages or posts keep them as short as possible. I know it’s not always possible and I personally have many 1 hour+ videos myself. However, I try to leave long videos off of my website.
Anyway, my thanks to Max for this walkthrough. It’s helped me and I know it will help you speed up your blog especially as your traffic increases. By the way the plugin installs in seconds and can be configured in less than 35 seconds.