WordPress is one of the most popular blogging platforms available, and is used widely for different types of sites. However, depending on how your WordPress site is set up, it may not be running as efficiently as it could be. When your Wordress site is not running efficiently, it can load slowly and disrupt your visitors, and in more extreme cases, cause your site to consume more CPU and memory on the server.
There are some things you can do to optimize WordPress so that it loads quicker and uses less server resources. I’ve devised a list of 4 things you can do to make sure that your WordPress site is running in its peak condition.
1) Keep WordPress up to date
The WordPress developers are always making changes and optimizations, so it’s important that you keep your WP installation up to date. If you installed WP through Fantastico you can simply log into cPanel > Fantastico and upgrade there, or if you installed WP manually you can download the latest version at http://wordpress.org and follow their instructions for upgrading.
2) Watch your plugins
It’s also important to keep your plugins up to date (which newer WP versions allow you to do very easily), but it’s also important to not bog down your site with a ton of plugins. The more that the server has to load in a single page, the longer it’s going to take. Since WordPress has thousands of plugins available, it’s very tempting to install more plugins than you actually need. Unfortunately, having too many site-facing plugins (or known “bad” plugins) installed in your WP instance is the #1 cause of problems related to slow loading and CPU/memory overages that our customers have reported. Therefore, you should disable any plugins you’re not using or that you don’t need. Generally, plugins that collect data from remote sites or run interactively (like chat plugins) are the most problematic on shared and v-dedicated servers.
The follow plugins specifically are known to cause issues:
wp-forum, wp digg, geo-mashup, wassup
Tooltip is a good way to show extra information when user hovers the cursor over an element. The “hover box” will appear when the mouse hover in, and disappear when the mouse hover out.
If the tooltip is being used appropriately, it can improve our site’s user friendly level, and also save us a lot of spaces. Today, we are going to see 15 jQuery plugins to create an user friendly tooltip.
qTip is an advance tooltip plugin which provides tonnes of features like rounded corners and speech bubble tips.
This tooltip plugin can contains any HTML element such as links, table, forms, and images. Implementing this plugin is very easy. The default effects are sliceup and toogle. However, you can easily build your own effects.
Simpletip allows you to create tooltips with ease on any element on the page using the power of jQuery’s selectors and event management. The tooltips can be static, dynamic, or even loaded through AJAX with a variety of different visual effects.