It is known that efficiency and speed are a must for a website to rank better in Google’s search results. However, what is also essential is user-experience. It can cost a blogging page many followers if its whole layout is not user-friendly. Therefore, you must make sure that your blogging page is fast, efficient are user-friendly.
Now the question is how to make sure that the blog is running smoothly. Frankly, there can be many reasons behind a slackening blogging page. But two reasons are especially noteworthy. The first one is large images with text graphics and undefined dimensions, and the other is unnecessary data and surplus junks.
To handle these issues, you need to use a tool that helps in image optimization and cleaning the database. In this context, WordPress or WP-Optimize plugin can be of great help.
What is the WP-Optimize plugin?
It is a plugin with all the features to deal with the WordPress database’s lagging issues. The WordPress database stores within itself enormous amounts of data in tabular forms, which are called WordPress Database Tables. To create and manage data in these Database Tables, WordPress employs a system for data management called MySQL.
Within the WordPress database, you would find posts, comments, contents, deleted items found in the recycle bin, and various WordPress core settings. However, the WordPress database also stores some unnecessary data like draft posts, post revisions, posts in the trash, etc. As time goes by, these redundant data come to occupy a lot of space. Consequently, the loading speed of the page and the response time of the visitors drops.
Therefore to clean up all the unwanted data in the WordPress database, the WP-Optimise plugin employs a process called Database Optimization. Under this process, the plugin removes the excess junks, reduces the image size, and caches the page or site. Also, it makes a thorough assessment of the whole database. Following this, it gives the details of the current condition of the database like data size, amount of occupied space, and amount of space saved.
Features of WP-Optimize plugin
WP-Optimize plugin has the following features to optimize the WordPress database and increase the blog or web page’s loading speed:
- Deletion of redundant data: It deletes all spam and unapproved comments and old and useless data. Also, it removes trackbacks, pingbacks, and temporary options that have expired.
- Automatic clean-ups: Every week or month, it carries out automatic clean-ups to remove all trash and junk. It also keeps a set number of the data generated while performing such clean-ups.
- Controlled and Automatic optimizations: It keeps firm control over the type of optimization one desires to execute. Also, it doesn’t need manual questions to carry out such optimizations.
- Defragmentation of Database Tables: It makes MySQL tables compact by linking the various fragments of data by simply pressing a button.
- Accessible and User-friendly: It can work in all devices and all languages. Also, it is very comfortable to use.
How to set up and use WP-Optimize plugin?
The first step to begin the optimization process is to download, install, and activate the WP-Optimize plugin. Once it is activated, you need to navigate to your WordPress dashboard. Here you would find the WP-Optimise settings option on the left bar. You need to select that option to go to the WP-Optimize page.
Once you have reached the WP-Optimize page, you would encounter the following optimization options with detailed notes concerning them:
- “Optimize data tables.”
- “Clean all post revisions.”
- “Remove spam and trashed comments.”
- “Clean all auto-drafts and trashed posts.”
- “Remove unapproved comments.”
- “Remove expired transient options.”
- “Remove pingbacks.”
- “Remove trackbacks.”
- “Clean post metadata.”
- “Clean comment metadata.”
- “Clean orphaned relationship data.”
You need to carefully go through these options and select them according to your requirements. Once you have selected the options, you need to press the “Run Optimization” button situated beside these options.
Now you have two options; either to run several optimization options at the same time or to run them one by one. For the first option, you need to select the appropriate optimization options and click the option called “Run all selected optimizations.” For the second option, you need to press the “Run Optimization” button each time you select an optimization option.
Before heading for the optimization process, you must keep a backup of the database. It would help you retrieve any critical post or content in case of deletion due to the optimization process. To save a backup of the database, install “UpdraftPlus” and click on the option that says “take a backup with UpdraftPlus before optimizing.” You would find this box on the top of the Optimization page.
Apart from optimizing the WordPress database, the WP-Optimize plugin helps in compressing large images. Images with large size are one of the main reasons behind a reduced loading speed. Therefore, it is essential to compress the image size. For image compression, go to WP-OPTIMIZE >Images and press on “Automatically compress newly-added images.” You can also cache your blog by enabling Gzip compression and static file caching settings.
All these configurations and optimization techniques would increase the loading speed of your site. Consequently, your blog page’s visibility and discoverability would improve, and you would gain more followers.