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Tutorial to speed up your WordPress website loading time

For a fast WordPress website, the most important factor that one needs to keep in mind is a super fast web hosting provider.

RShosting offers exceptionally fast wordpress hosting on Cloud servers powered with SSD.

Below tutorial is a step by step guide, to enhance your normal wordpress website to blistering fast loading website. 

Following guide assumes that you have already installed WordPress for your website. If you wish to install wordpress, you can refer “How to install WordPress” tutorial. 

Enable gzip compresssion

Gzip compression will compress images and other contents of your website, to reduce its size. This results in faster page loading time for your website.

To enable gzip compression, please login to your cPanel control panel.

how to enable gzip compression

Login to your cPanel -> Software -> Optimize Website

It will give you further options:

Disabled

Compress All Content

Compress the specified MIME types

 

wordpress gzip compression

 

Click on “Compress All Content” to enable gzip compression for your entire cPanel account. This will create a .htaccess file outside of your public_html folder under your account, which will compress all content.

Upgrade PHP to latest version

It is always recommended to keep your PHP version up2date to latest possible version as available in your cPanel control panel.

As of now, PHP version 8 is available and offers better performance in terms of speed and php processing at server end. Latest PHP versions also provide more security for your wordpress websites.

To upgrade PHP version for your account, please login to your cPanel control panel -> Software -> Select PHP version

Upgrade PHP version

You will see a drop down of all PHP version’s available. It is recommended to configure latest PHP version. We will setup PHP version 8 -> Set as current

 

Upgrade to PHP version 8

You can also select / enable other PHP extensions such as imagick etc as per your requirements.

 

We will now increase our PHP variable limits such as max_execution_time etc.

You can do so by clicking on “Options” tab which will show you a screen similar to below one:

 

Listed below are a few recommended values for PHP variable limits, that are usually helpful while working with popular themes such as Divi themes etc.

 

max_execution_time = 300

max_input_time = 600

memory_limit = 256M

post_max_size = 128M

upload_max_size = 128M

Enabling LiteSpeed Cache - LsCache

Caching plays the most important role in accelerating WordPress performance and increasing its page loading time.

We use premium LiteSpeed Web server, which delivers several times faster loading time at server end as compared to traditional Apache servers.

LiteSpeed offer inbuilt caching system called LsCache. LsCache can be installed by logging to your WordPress admin dashboard -> Plugins -> Add New Plugin -> search for LiteSpeed Cache -> Install -> Activate

 

Wordpress install LsCache
LiteSpeed Cache

Once installed, you can now manage your LiteSpeed Cache settings from your WordPress admin dashbord. It offers several options such as css minify, jss minify, html minify etc. All these options need to be tried one-by-one and then immediately checking your WordPress website after clearing your LsCache.

Incorrect settings can break your WordPress css and layout.

Enabling HTTP/3

With our enhanced LiteSpeed web server, you get the benefit of latest HTTP/3 technology. HTTP/3 is the third and upcoming major version of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol used to exchange information on the World Wide Web, alongside HTTP/1.1 and HTTP/2.

In order to enable HTTP/3, proceed as follows:

  1. Login to your cPanel control panel -> Files -> File manager. It will open a new tab in your browser.
  2. Click on “Settings” in top right hand corner -> Show Hidden Files -> SavecPanel File Manager view hidden files

Now click on “public_html” in left hand side frame, so that you can browse the contents of this folder in right hand side frame.

You will see a file called .htaccess.

Select the file by clicking on it, and then click on “Edit” link, visible on upper side of file manager.

Add below content to enable http/3 to the topmost line of .htaccess, without disturbing any other .htaccess content :

<IfModule LiteSpeed>
SpdyEnabled http3
</IfModule>

Enable http/3

Above guide will enable http/3 for your website. Once done, you need to click on “Save Changes” button.

You can later verify and cross-check your website to know if http/3 is sucessfully enabled by visiting https://http3check.net/

Enter your domain in above http/3 tool. If http/3 is sucessfully enabled, you will see positive results.

http/3 check tool

Install Image Optimising plugin - Smush

It is recommended to install a good image optimisation plugin so that when you upload images to your WordPress website or blog, they are compressed at the time of upload, which reduces its size and helps in faster loading of website images.

install smush

Enable Quic.cloud CDN

LiteSpeed web server offers free CDN called Quic.Cloud which helps in optimizing images and contents of website. 

To enable Quic.Cloud, you will need to login to your WordPress admin dashboard -> LiteSpeed Cache -> General

Click on “Request Domain Key”, which is needed to link your wordpress website with Quic.Cloud CDN account. This process can take anytime from couple of minutes to 15 minutes.

Once your domain key is displayed, you will see “Link to QUIC.cloud” button.

It will redirect to https://my.quic.cloud website where you can either create a new account with them, or login using existing account.

 

Quic.Cloud Request domain key

An account which has good domain key generated and is linked properly to your Quic.cloud account, will show something like:

link wordpress to quic.cloud

Click on “Visit my Dashboard on QUIC.cloud”

You will see your domain listed in my.quic.cloud portal.

Before your CDN is enabled in Quic.cloud portal, you also need to enable it in your WordPress admin dashboard -> LiteSpeed Cache -> CDN -> QUIC.cloud CDN -> On -> Save Changes.

 

LiteSpeed enable CDN

Now login to your my.quic.cloud website and there you will see button for “Enable CDN”.

Clicking on “Enable CDN”, will give you a choice to configure CDN hostname for your website.

To make it more convenient, we will use the first option “I want to use CNAME ” -> “Confirm Choice”

quic.cloud CNAME cdn

The next screen will give you a quic.cloud based CDN hostname, which we need to configure for www prefix of our website.

This is to note, that your website will work with Quic.cloud CDN only if it is accessed with www prefix, because we configured the www prefix as CNAME to Quic.cloud hostname.

Quic.cloud CDN CNAME

The next step is to configure the www prefix with the hostname that we received from Quic.cloud CDN setup.

To setup CNAME, please login to your cPanel -> Domains -> Zone Editor -> Manage

LiteSpeed CDN cname

Click on”Manage” and you will see several DNS records.

We need to edit the DNS record for www CNAME only.

Please refer attached image, and similar to your domain DNS zone editor, click on “Edit”.

cpanel zone editor quic.cloud cname

Click on Edit button – > and enter the value that you obtained from Quic.cloud CDN portal. Please refer attached image to see how it will look after entering the quic.cloud hostname.

Quic.cloud cdn hostname cpanel zone editor

This will trigger DNS change, and DNS changes can take upto couple of hours to propagate globally.

Once done, you can login to your Quic.cloud portal -> CDN -> Status – > Refresh Status

A good DNS verified domain at Quic.cloud will use Quic.cloud generated SSL certificate and show green “OK” status.

Quic.cloud cdn enabled sucessfully

That’s it ! You have now sucessfully enabled. All website traffic that will pass through www prefix of your domain, will go through Quic.Cloud CDN. You can browse Quic.Cloud portal further to view its stats and other options.

Congratulations !!

You have now sucessfully optimised your wordpress website for super fast page load times. You will immediately notice the difference and you can also check with website speed monitoring tools such as Gtmetrix.com or Google Page insights.

 

If you face any problem, while optimising your wordpress websites or need any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to offer WordPress optimisation services without any additional costs.!

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