WordPress is, and has been for the last few years, the most widely used blogging system on the internet. According to recent studies, almost a quarter of all new websites on the internet are hosted by and/or developed on the WordPress system. So, as you may have guessed, creating your own blog or site using the WordPress software is quite a simple task – the hard bit is keeping it optimized for the best possible performance.

The Need for Optimization

If you have a blog which has already managed to amass a decent fan following and you have loyal readers tuning in everyday to get their daily fix of whatever it is that you have to offer, it should be your responsibility to keep your site functioning seamlessly.

When your blog or website manages to build a strong online readership and you starting getting heavy traffic and numerous comments on your posts throughout the day, more often than not you’ll find that your site will gradually start to get slower and slower. This means frustratingly long loading times for every page.

No matter how funny, witty or informative your blog is, a slow blog or website is a major turn off! Even though some of your die-hard fans may stick around for a little bit longer to wait for your site to load, most will just jump to the next blog which won’t make them wait as long. This is where WordPress optimization comes in.

Using the WordPress optimization plug-in, you will have access to a number of tools and options which will help keep your blog running at the speed of light, making sure you don’t ever lose a single reader because of annoyingly long loading times. With proper optimization, your blogs will become more responsive than ever and you’ll be able to give your readers the fastest and most satisfying blog experience they could hope for.

Closing Comments on Older Posts

One of the simplest and yet most effective ways of speeding up your WordPress site is by killing comments on your older blog posts. You may not even realize it but sometimes, posts that you had made a year or two ago may keep getting comments even though they have become "stale" and invalid. Worse yet is the fact that everyday your posts attract spammers who post dozens of unwanted comments on your blog which are filtered by WordPress’s anti-spam plug in but still take up a lot of processing power without you even knowing about them!

Closing comments on your older posts can make a huge difference to the overall performance of your blog and the process is very simple and straightforward. Here are the steps that you need to follow to get rid of old unwanted comments and to get your blog up and running smoothly again –

  1. Go to the WordPress settings page and navigate to the “Discussion inside your dashboard”option. Here you’ll find a couple of ways to close comments on your older posts.
  2. The first way is to automatically set WordPress to close comments on posts after a specified number of days. You are free to set the exact number of days after which comments will be closed on your blog posts.
  3. The second method is to instruct WordPress to stop accepting comments after a specified number of comments have been reached for a particular page.

With these helpful tips on how to close comments on older posts, you should have no trouble keeping your WordPress site up and running, even in the midst of high traffic. Happy blogging!

About The Author: Kelly is a writer/blogger. She loves writing guest post, travelling and meets new peoples. Recently she did a guest post on inbound marketing.