Nobody loves a slow website and slow websites often leads to lower rankings and users abandoning your site.
this is the reason why many pro-bloggers insist on investing in powerful hostings for your blog and one such hosting is siteground and this post will help you with how you can speed up your wordpress site powered by siteground to whole new level.
if you are using siteground as your hosting partner , then you may be using SG optimizer plugin on your site, which essentially provides the best optimization from sitegroumd to your site.
but optimizing your site for speed is not rocket science, you can do it if you know it correctly.
but how would you know what aspects you would be needing to optimize for your wordpress blog ?
testing your site with tools like Google pagespeed , pingdom and webpagetest can be very helpful.
even google recommends using webpagetest for testing your site for speed optimizations, here is an official tweet from Google John muller .
so now lets dive in how to configure SG optimizer plugin in wordpress .
So what is SG optimizer ?
SG optimizer is the official wordpress plugin from siteground for their customers to get the best performance from siteground and will be handling caching system and other optimization aspects.
First install SG optimizer plugin in your wordpress dashboard.
to install SG optimizer , go to Plugins >> Add New >> search SG optimizer >> install >> activate.
here comes our part now.
SG optimizer plugin has 5 tabs that will help you optimize your site.this includes the supercacher settings, environment optimization , frontend optimization, media optimization and performance test.
Now let’s see, what setting does every tab have that will help us optimize our site for speed.
the Supercacher settings tab includes settings for the Siteground caching system. Siteground has 3 different levels of caching, Nginx direct delivery, Dynamic cache and Memcached .
Dynamic cache will deliver non-static resources and prevents unnecessary database calls that lowers TTFB( time to First byte) for all your pages.
Memcached is the most powerful caching level by siteground and is designed to improve connection speed between application and databases.
also the supercacher tab lets you perform manual cache, automatic cache purge and also lets you exclude some URLs of your site from being cached.
this is how you can exclude URLs from being cached.
2. Environment optimizations
the environment optimization tab includes settings like enabling HTTPs for your site, fixing insecure content and setting PHP version for your site.
make sure you enable both HTTPs and fix insecure content options.
setting PHP versions for your site is easy, you can let Siteground manage it using managed PHP version option or perform it manually.
3. Frontend optimization
Frontend optimization tab has nothing to do much.
make sure you enable all this options and you are done.
4. Media optimization
Media optimization tab includes every thing to do with your imagaes and video files.
you don’t need to optimiza your images with tinypng or plugins like shortpixel or smush.
media optimization tab lets you do this.
the tab includes settings like enable new image optimization, existing image optimization, generate webp copies of new images i.e webp is a new image format that i very light in size.
also you have options to lazy load videos, widgets, Gravatars, thumbnails and responsive images.
5. Performance test
Performance test tab lets you test your site performance from inside of your wordpress dashboard.
the performance test is powered by google pagespeed and you can test your site speed for both desktop and mobile. just enter your URL and hit the analyze button and wait for results.
that’s all of now as we have configured every possible setting in the SG optimizer to boost our site speed and now lets see how fast our site is.
i have performed this this using Google pagespeed tool and the result is below.
is’nt the result amazing, you can also do it if you are a siteground user, you just need to tweak settings correctly and boom your site is blazing fast.
well if this result doesn’t excite you that you should be going with siteground hosting, then wpbeginner has an in-depth article on why they shifted to Siteground recently.