How to speed up your website

How To Speed Up Your Website

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Website speed can make or break your site’s user experience. His experience can change a pleasant browsing session into an excruciating one leading to loss of traffic, lower conversion rates, and ultimately affecting your bottom line.

So, the chances are if you are reading this article, you are already aware of that. However, you can avoid these speed errors if you make a few changes to your website. Doing this can drastically improve the speed to an acceptable standard in today’s world of instant gratification and having what we need at our fingertips. So, here’s how to speed up your website.

1. Smaller Images

Decreasing the size of images will help to speed up your website

First, the larger the images and visual content you upload to your website, the more information they contain. Too, the need to be shared between the browser and the server it retrieves the information from. As a result, it will affect the speed and slow down the site. Therefore, it’s the same reason your face winces when you want to download a file and realize its file size is four gigs. Thus, you instinctively know that it may take some time to download completely.

What to do when you want to change significant content?

You have to use smaller file size images, and you can have them compressed to your desired size before uploading them.

Decreasing the size of images will help to speed up your website

The larger the images and visual content you upload to your website the more information they contain and needs to be shared between the browser and the server it is retrieving the information from and as a result will affect the speed and slow down the site. It’s the exact same reason your face winces when you want to download a file and realize its file size is 4 gigs, you instinctively know that it may take some time to completely download. Use smaller file size images, you can have them compressed to your desired size before uploading them.

2. Servers

Secondly, even though today it seems like we can get anything on the net within an instant, there are still physical limits to how fast information can travel from one part of the planet to the next.

Does this affect the speed of your website?

Yes, if you access a site from the other side of the globe, such as South Africa from Russia, it will take some time to load. Also, having your site hosted in the region of the intended target audience will do a great job of reducing load times.

Does this affect the information of your website too?

Besides, some information can even be split onto different servers (images on one, video on another) and loaded in independently rather than all the information coming in from one figurative door, although that can become rather costly.

Choosing the right server also plays a part in improving the speed of your website
Choosing the right server also plays a part in improving the speed of your website

Although today it seems like we can get anything on the net within an instant, there are still physical limits to how fast information can travel from one part of the planet to the next. That’s why if you are accessing a site from the other side of the globe, for example South Africa from Russia, it will take some time for the page to load. Having your site hosted in the region of the intended target audience will do a great job at reduces load times. Tying into the point on images, some information can even be split on to different servers (images on one, video on another) and load in independently from one another rather than all the information come in from one figurative door, although that can become rather costly.

Choosing the right server also plays a part in improving the speed of your website

Although today it seems like we can get anything on the net instantly, there are still physical limits. Still, there is a limit on how fast information can travel from one part of the planet to the next. That’s why if you are accessing a site from the other side of the globe, for example, South Africa from Russia. It will take some time for the page to load. Having your site hosted in the region of the intended target audience will do a great job of reducing load times. Some information and images can even be split into different servers (images on one, video on another). Too, it can load in independently from one another rather than all the information.

3. Optimize your database

Optimizing your database helps to speed up your website

Thirdly, in line with the other factors, remove all the unnecessary stored information in your database. This information includes duplicate content, post revisions, and so on. Also, it can help recover some disk space from breathing in your hosting environment.

4. Good Code

Fourth, how your website is coded also plays a significant role in how fast its pages will load. Therefore, the suggestion would be to have a developer go over your code to make sure it is up to scratch. Since cleaning up code could include removing spaces, commas, other unnecessary characters, comments, formatting, and unused code.

Writing good and efficient code helps to improve the speed of your website
Writing good and efficient code helps to improve the speed of your website

The way your website is coded also plays a major role in how fast its pages will load in. Cleaning up code which could include anything from removing spaces, commas, other unnecessary characters, comments, formatting, and unused code. Have a developer go over your code to make sure it is up to scratch.

Writing good and efficient code helps to improve the speed of your website

The way your website is coded also plays a major role in how fast its pages will load in. Cleaning up code which could include anything from removing spaces, commas, other unnecessary characters, comments, formatting, and unused code. Have a developer go over your code to make sure it is up to scratch.

5. Page Redirects

Every time your page redirects to different pages, it prolongs the HTTP request and response process. Of course, having too many redirects can affect your website’s load times. However, eliminating unnecessary redirects on your site can result in significantly lower page loading times.
There are a few different ways to do this. First, you have to avoid creating unnecessary ones when building internal links and menus. Second, you have to make sure that your TLD resolves with a maximum of one redirection.

If your user has to wait for the website to be redirected over and over again it will greatly increase loading times. The visitor experiences additional time waiting for the HTTP request-response cycle to complete. Ideally if at all avoidable, reduce or remove the amount of redirects your visitors will have to experience when loading in pages.

If your user has to wait for the website to be redirected over and over again it will greatly increase loading times. The visitor experiences additional time waiting for the HTTP request-response cycle to complete. Ideally if at all avoidable, reduce or remove the amount of redirects your visitors will have to experience when loading in pages.

6. Cache

Using cache will speed up website, and people will not leave your website

Furthermore, a cache is what allows browsers to store certain information about your website. It has essentially already preloaded certain elements (stylesheets, images, JavaScript files, and more) of the website and can focus on loading any new or more significant content to the page. 

By having this, your visitors come back to view your website. Too, you can even set how long or often your cache should be stored, and unless your website undergoes frequent and drastic changes, setting it at a year should suffice.

Conclusion

To sum things up, speeding up your website essentially means reducing and removing any inhibitors that may cause a bottleneck to occur in loading individual pages of your website and how the elements are sequenced to load in. Moreover, it can very quickly become a technical and complex challenge. Fortunately, SF Technologies has a team of experienced personnel to deal with these exact challenges and view what solutions we have on offer.

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