If you are a store owner running on Liquid Web’s Managed WooCommerce Hosting, then you are already benefiting from a number of focused optimizations, all designed to make sure your store is lightning fast.
But what if you are a WooCommerce store owner that is not ready for a specialized product?
Whether you are using a shared hosting option, or have not grown to the stage where you require a fully managed option, you still want to make sure your WooCommerce store is fast, with great performance. Today, we’re going to cover a few simple, powerful changes you can make that will speed up your store, help with performance, and won’t take a lot of time, effort, or cost to implement.
First, code snippets are the foundation of easy, common sense WooCommerce modifications. With the Snippets plugin, you can easily download and install snippets created by others, or author your own. There a number of ways in which snippets can help you improve your site’s speed and performance, including adding functionality to your store, or by disabling tasks, areas, or widgets that are not used.
In the examples below, we have removed or disabled items, rather than adding elements to tweak performance. We did this because those tasks take effort, and every unnecessary action that uses backend resources may be impacting the performance of your store.
Note that each of our snippets in this example is tagged. This makes it easy to stay organized around the changes you make that impact your admin area, WooCommerce, widgets, or your dashboard.
Little Bizzy Plugins
Next, we have a handful of plugins created by Little Bizzy, which exist to optimize your store in tiny, meaningful ways. They will disable AJAX cart fragments to help with load times and disable internal and external embeds to speed up page rendering. Again, we are looking to trim excess for increased performance.
Finally, Optimization.io offers WP Disable, a plugin option that allows you a great deal of flexibility, while being easy to use. Installing the plugin adds an Optimisation.io link to your admin menu, which takes you right into the modification area. One of the amazing components of WP Disable is the ability to focus on your WooCommerce store specifically, while making overall improvements to other areas of your site with a few clicks.
Let’s look at some examples on the Requests tab, under the aptly titled Remove Excess Bloat section.
Emojis can be a lot of fun, but they also require resources to load. Unless you specifically want emoji use to be available, they are unnecessary and can be removed as an option just by clicking the Disable Emojis slider.
Disable Query Strings
If you have ever run a GTMetrix or Pingdom performance test on your store you may have seen a suggestion to “Remove query strings from static resources.” This is because some servers and proxy servers are unable to cache query strings, and removing them can improve both caching and page speed.
DNS Prefetch is an option that lets your site pre-resolve domains for faster load times. When enabling DNS Prefetch you’ll provide a list of domains you commonly link or redirect to. After those domains have resolved, delays in resolving them again are eliminated.
All of the tweaks we just discussed have the potential to speed up your store, but what about WooCommerce itself? On the WooCommerce tab, you’ll see a few smart options designed specifically to speed up your store, and your site overall.
It’s not likely that you need WooCommerce CSS or scripts to run on pages that don’t have WooCommerce elements. Once again, we can disable something unnecessary and gain a lot in performance because your backend doesn’t have to work to load things that are not needed. The same concept applies to Reviews and Cart Fragments. For each item, all you have to do is click the slider and then save your changes.
Your store may not be hosted on a Managed WooCommerce Hosting platform, but that doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from some of the same options that we use every day. From code snippets to plugins, we believe these tried and true methods can help you speed up your store and grow your business.
When you’re ready for us to take care of these things for you, check out Liquid Web’s Managed WooCommerce Hosting.