Step 1: Delete Unnecessary Stuffs

The very first step is to delete all unnecessary or unused stuffs on your website. Some examples are listed below:

  • Unused plugins
  • Unused themes
  • Unused images
  • Trash posts, pages & comments

Although you may not see some obvious improvements after doing this step, it's still necessary to get rid of the things you're not using. Some themes and plugins may have a huge file size which will lead to a long loading time for your website/page.


Disallow Trackbacks & Pingbacks!

Apart from deleting unused stuffs, you should also disallow trackbacks & pingbacks for every post and page.

I don't know the exact principle behind this but I've seen a lot of people recommending to turn off trackbacks & pingbacks as a way to improve your site speed. You can search online for this.


To edit your post settings on trackbacks & pingbacks, go to each of your post edit page and scroll down to the "Discussion" setting area.

(If you can't find this area, scroll to the top and open "screen options" at the top right corner. Check the "Discussion" box then you'll see this setting area.)

To change the trackbacks setting for all your future posts, go to your WordPress Dashboard > Settings > Discussion and un-check the "Allow link notifications from other blogs".



Next Page: Resize All Your Uploaded Images (Step 2)



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Gopika1 Premium
I've been trying to delete themes and I cannot find the way, any help?
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JHaugland Premium
Appearance > Themes
Then hover over a theme that is not in use and click Theme details.
In the window that opens, click Delete in the bottom right corner.
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JerryHuang Premium
Go to your themes > Click on the theme you want to delete and there's a "delete" button at the bottom right corner :)
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JerryHuang Premium
Haha, thank you Haugland! We posted the answer together.
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JHaugland Premium
Hehe :)
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Gopika1 Premium
hahaha :)
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Gopika1 Premium
hehehe
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drjec Premium
Thanks. This is a very practical, clear training.
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JerryHuang Premium
My pleasure :)
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BenjisDad Premium
Good stuff Jerry.

Really appreciate you taking time to write this out!

On Lesson 2, Do you know if that affects SEO at all?

Also, do you know of a bulk way to turn it off on all pages and posts?
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JerryHuang Premium
Hi Chris!
Do you mean if deleting the unused stuffs affects SEO?

For those published posts & pages, if your original setting is to have trackbacks and pingbacks turned on, you have to edit it one by one.

You can only change the setting for all your future contents in the WordPress Discussion setting page.
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BenjisDad Premium
Does turning off the trackbacks and pingbacks affect SEO. IDK why it would, but I guess i need to do more research as to what it is! lol.

Thanks for the info, I will use this stuff to speed up the site.

Do you think Thrive makes the site run slowly at all? I dont think so, just curious your thoughts.
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JerryHuang Premium
Hi Chris, here is a good post you can refer to to learn more about trackbacks and pingbacks.
https://www.elegantthemes.com/blog/resources/wordpress-trackbacks-and-pingbacks

Basically, they have both pros and cons. But many believe that they are dead today. Check it out yourself :) I'm also learning at the same time!

As for Thrive Themes and its plugins, I know they have huge file sizes. However, they work great on my end. Maybe because their products are well-coded.

There are some people having issue with Thrive products but I don't know much about that because it doesn't happen on my end. If you have any issue, you should approach SiteSupport and Thrive Support!
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SeanGreentre Premium
Great article. Thanks Jerry.
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JerryHuang Premium
My pleasure!
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MKearns Premium
Good points on the speed issue Jerry. Before you load for speed don't forget image attribution also!
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JerryHuang Premium
Thanks Michael, good input! Image attributes are important for SEO!
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