WordPress is the most popular content management platform and there are countless mobile apps based on this platform.
With this popularity in the backdrop speeding up an IOS app based on WordPress has now become a subject of widespread discussion and interest among the techies.
But before offering solution to the problem you need to have close look at the heart of the problem, that is to say, what this speeding up of WordPress based IOS app is all about.
Like page loading speed in the web development and respective SEO result, app page navigation and functional speed has a great bearing on the app store ranking. Especially when a mobile app uses web views for loading data, speed becomes a critical experience for ensuring the app serving the users right.
It is true for all mobile platforms. But particularly for IOS apps based on this content platform the speed and respective user experience has been a consistent problem. Slow speed of WordPress based IOS apps is a recurring complaint. To tell the truth as a content management platform WordPress is still inept to handle the speed element for IOS platform.
Having understood this problem, an array of WordPress based applications simply prefer to segregate the front end web views by using a different framework like Node.JS or Laravel. That is just a partial solution since there can be apps that can be built every bit on WordPress showcasing all quintessential elements of the platform. For addressing the speed issue for such apps there can be some handy tools and an array of effective tips.
1. simple app design with easy navigation buttons
Finally, it is the grandeur in the app design that can also create a heavy load on the app loading speed. Simple and effective design with user friendly buttons will also help in fast loading. Do not use templates that require heavy design elements creating a burden on the page loading speed.
2. Tailor the caching to your need
By tailoring the cache of each query as per your needs you can find a good solution to this problem. Let us explain how. For instance, if the user in an app needs to return to a menu page or dashboard that takes an hour to update, one can have frustrating experience when he has to go another part of the app by coming to the dashboard.
The time taken every time for returning to the dashboard and going to another page may after all push the user to quit the app altogether. The solution to this problem is to set a cache when user comes to the dashboard. As a consequence to this whenever the user returns a cached version will be served to them. Set the expiry time for each cache according to the most possible time out and time in behavior of users on the app. Secondly, always insist on using a unique Also cache key. You can use a caching plugin to solve the problem better.
3. Using AJAX lazy load with WordPress pagination
AJAX offers an easy way to continuously pull content from different sources into a page that is already loaded. In various popular mobile app this happens. When you scroll down new contents from various sources continue to get loaded. This typical loading behavior is very easy to achieve in WordPress pagination. By doing this you can make user feel the speed and fast loading of your site.
4. Do not use overcomplicated queries to ensure fast loading time
Particularly in writing custom query this type of problem occurs most. You cannot write multiple custom post types and doing this only there is a scope of over complicating tings which will further slower the app navigation and functional speed. More query means more burden and complications and so whenever you have a scope of removing a query just do not abstain yourself from doing it.
5. Minimize your CSS and JS files and stick them together
While using cache plugin can be a nice solution to minimize the impact of an array of CSS and JS files on the app speed, you can also put together all your CSS and JS files into two ‘master’ files. While doing this, do not forget to check the front end behavior of the app because doing this may break various elements.
6. Partnering a content delivery network
Through a content delivery network you can serve your site content to the users of a server that delivers higher speed. This not only just caters the site content to the users in higher speed but also helps decreasing the server load and thereby further aggravates the speed. There are various cloud based server tools to do this.
7. Ensure a clean database
Unclean database with too many unnecessary elements after all bears a load on your app speed and you can easily solve this issue by using an optimization tool. By removing all unnecessary data including broken files and revisions a database cleaning tool can speed up the app to a great extent.
8. Resize and optimize image files
Just like web images used without resizing and compressing can lower the app speed to a great extent. Often images happen to be the largest files on WordPress apps and naturally by compressing them one can create enough room for the app to load faster and function with ease. A handy plugin like a Photoshop plugin is ideal to do this.
These 8 effective tips altogether can certainly speed up an IOS app based on WordPress but how well you can integrate all these tips and tricks in the app design attributes that would be crucial for making a solid impression and creating a niche name.