How to Optimize WordPress’ Native Settings for Performance

Ciprian on Monday, April 13, 2020 in Blog

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WordPress comes with default settings and options, suitable for blogging. Part of the “Decisions, not options” philosophy, they might not be the right decisions for business sites, brochure sites, corporate sites or educational sites.

Decisions, not Options

When making decisions, these are the users we consider first. A great example of this consideration is software options. Every time you give a user an option, you are asking them to make a decision. When a user doesn’t care or understand the option, this ultimately leads to frustration.

WordPress Philosophy

Here’s how to change these options and maximize the performance of your WordPress site 200%.

General Settings

Make sure you correctly set up your timezone, your date and time format and the beginning of the week.

Writing Settings

Most sites don’t use emojis, as they are a social network feature. Disable it along with the XHTML correction feature. Considering the new block editor, it will automatically convert to HTML if broken or convert to blocks if it finds a suitable one.

Also, you’re not blogging, so you don’t need an update service ping every time you publish something on your site.

Reading Settings

Search engine visibility is really important for SEO, as most of the time, automatically generated installations (such as Plesk) will have this feature switched on. Switch it off so that search engines can crawl your site.

Discussion Settings

These settings may impact performance the most, so make sure you replicate the settings below in your site.

Your site doesn’t need to notify other blogs of anything. It also doesn’t need to receive trackbacks and other notifications.

As you don’t need comments on your site, follow the settings below. It will disable one JavaScript file being loaded, and it will automatically close all comments, saving you from comment spam.

Again, if you don’t need comments, you don’t need avatars. And you also save a roundtrip to There’s countless local avatar plugins out there if you really need one.

For maximum SEO impact, make sure your permalinks are set like in the screenshot below.

Remember that our plugin, Lighthouse, is now part of our legacy SpeedFactor SaaS. Lighthouse is a performance tuning plugin, removing lots of default WordPress behaviour, such as filters, actions, injected code, native code and third-party actions.

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3 comments on “How to Optimize WordPress’ Native Settings for Performance

  1. Sir
    I accidentally optimised and comments on website lost sir.
    Pls help me reactivate forms sir

    1. Lighthouse does not have any option to delete content (comments, posts, pages).

      If the comment form is gone, then go to Settings -> Discussion and reactivate from there:

      • Enable “Allow people to submit comments on new posts”
      • Enable “Comment author must fill out name and email”

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