Are you experiencing slow loading times on your Bluehost server? If so, you're not alone. Bluehost is known for its slow and poor quality hosting, especially if you're on their cheap shared hosting that lacks server resources. But don't worry, there are ways to make your Bluehost server faster. In this article, we'll discuss the steps you can take to improve the speed of your Bluehost server.The first step is to make sure that your site is loading in less than 1 second in the country where it's hosted.
This is the most important metric when it comes to website speed. Depending on what you're running on the site, this may not be possible. On a high-quality server, we can easily make the core of the site load in 600 to 800 ms, but if you have a lot of third-party tools installed, such as Facebook Ad Pixel, Activecampaign or some other CRM, Hotjar or Visual tracking software Web Optimizer or any third-party tool or code, it may be difficult to get it to load in less than 1 second. In general, around 1.5 seconds will be quite achievable and that is what we would say is acceptable in terms of speed.The next step is to reduce the page size of your website.
The page size is the total size of the page and smaller is always better. A site with a lot of images usually takes between 1 and 2 MB. In this case, our page size is 502 kb (half a megabyte). It's common to see page sizes of 5, 10, or even 15 MB, which means that the site will be SLOW on a standard Internet connection.You can also use caching add-ons such as W3 Total Cache to improve your website's loading times.
W3 Total Cache is free and by far the fastest caching add-on, but it's very technical to configure so it's probably not ideal for DIY enthusiasts. If you choose this path, only use the browser and page caching; the database and caching of (Objects are not for use on Bluehost).Another way to improve your website's loading times is by using a Content Delivery Network (CDN). Cloudflare has a network of more than 150 locations around the world, making it one of the largest CDNs and also one of the fastest. Additionally, most of the images on your website can be compressed to a certain extent without loss of quality.
In many cases, they end up being between 20 and 50% smaller, which can make a big difference in charging speeds, especially on a slow connection.The other advantage of using HTTPS is that it allows web browser software to use a newer, faster protocol for downloading assets from your website, the HTTP/2 protocol. Check out the following video that compares HTTP 1.1 with HTTP v2.However, the server you're on in Bluehost must be compatible with the newer protocol (older plans may not), but enabling Cloudflare will enable this compatibility (since Cloudflare supports HTTP2).Finally, you should upgrade your PHP version if possible. PHP is the underlying programming language in which Wordpress runs and comes in several versions. Usually, you'll see version 5.6 (or lower) and versions 7.0, 7.1, and 7.2.Version 7.0 is approximately 30% faster than v5.6 and is easily supported by most sites created in the last 2 years.
Versions 7.1 and 7.2 are another 10% faster than 7.0 so if your site is compatible with the latest 7.2 version, you should definitely switch to that version.By following these steps, you should be able to make your Bluehost server faster and improve its loading times significantly.