WordPress is the world’s most popular blogging platform.
Today we will introduce you to some plugins and tools which will Secure and Supercharge your blog.
Meaning, tips, plugins or tools by which you can increase the speed of your page as well as secure your WordPress blog.
First of all, analyze the speed of your blog without any changes. These are some of the best tools which you can use to analyze exact performance.
Free website performance analysis tools:
After analyzing the speed, apply below mentioned methods.
Super Charging your WordPress blog
1- W3 Total Cache:
Caching your blog using any of the available WordPress cache plugins will bring a huge difference in loading time of your WordPress site.
W3 Total Cache is my personal favourite. This plugin decreases the page size and combines CSS and JS to enhance the speed of the page.
- How to Install and configure W3 Total Cache plugin
- How to integrate Google page speed with W3 total cache
Images help in adding beauty to your blog posts but at the same time, using too many images will significantly lower down the loading time of your page.
WP Smush it is one very useful free WordPress plugin to compress and reduces the size of your image. he best thing about this plugin is it improve performance and boost your SEO using the free WPMU DEV WordPress Smush API.
3- WP- Optimize:
This is an effective plugin for optimizing SQL tables. It will remove the unwanted tables and optimize them. Thus, this free plugin supercharges your website as well as secure it. Click here to download
4- Use Good Host:
For those who just started their blogging career, I would like to suggest them to choose the best hosting plan.
SiteGround and Bluehost are two international hosting providers, and they have been proven as one of the best for WordPress hosting. Having your site on a good web host will increase your website’s performance.
5- Remove Unwanted Plugins and Widgets–
Having a lot of plugins will kill your WordPress blog. Run through your list of installed plugins and deactivate those that you feel are no longer of value to your site. Once deactivated, delete them from your site. Don’t leave them there. I also recommend you to use Advanced database cleaner WordPress plugin, which will help you to find orphan tables in your database, and you can remove them quickly.
6- Free CDN service–
Cloudflare is the best and free CDN service. Installing CloudFlare is easy and won’t take more than 5 minutes. Just create an account of CloudFlare.com and register your website. The system will analyze your site and give you new name server. Just update them in domain management and enjoy.
If you are looking for a paid CDN option, MAXCDN is one of the trusted names and cheapest option.
Securing your WordPress blog
1- BulletProof Security:
It is an awesome plugin for securing your blog. This plugin will protect your website against XSS (cross site scripting), RFI, CRLF, CSRF, Base64, Code Injection and SQL Injection hacking. This plugin requires very few configuration. Just install and activate the bulletproof mode.
- Best WordPress security plugins to Protect WordPress blogs
- Top WordPress security plugins to check hacked WordPress sites
2- Login Lockdown:
Login Lockdown records IP address and every failed login attempt. If more than a certain number of attempt are detected in the short period from same I.P range. Then the login page is locked for that IP address. This is useful to stop brute force attack.
3- Hide Login Error Message –
If someone is trying to log in, but fails. WordPress display a message to let you know whats happening. So this trick is helpful. To remove these message just add the following line in function.php of your selected WordPress theme
add_filter('login_errors',create_function('$a', "return null;"));
After applying all the steps on your WordPress blog just check the difference between your result before and after the implementation. I am sure your reader will now enjoy your faster loading blog, and a secure blog will give you the peace of mind. Also, my recommendation would be to setup daily complete backup of your site to make sure you can restore your site at any point of time.
I hope these above tips will help you to quickly make some changes and improve your site. If you have another tip to share, do share with us via comments. Don’t forget to subscribe to ShoutMeLoud newsletter for more such updates.