9 Effective Ways to Speed Up your Website
Having a good website is a good thing but, having a fast loading website is a must. Most of us today focus on designing a website that looks good and appeals to users. There is no denying the fact that it is important but, what is the use if that when it won’t load at the time when a user opens it? It has been estimated that more than 40% of people would abandon your website if it won’t load within 3 seconds. So, how can you create such a website that loads faster and user lands within 3 seconds?
Well, here are 9 steps by implementing which you can get your website rolling-:
Deferring is a process in which larger files are being stopped from loading before other important files. Essentially, the ones that are important for the user to get a glimpse of the website within 2 seconds. Larger files like videos, large images and other important codes that are excessively large and take up to 5 seconds to load on a high-speed internet will be loaded after the website structure. This way, the user won’t get even a single solitary second when nothing is being displayed on the screen.
2. HTTP Requests
The more images, scripts, videos and, style sheets are there on your site, the more requests it will make to load your website. Since everything is there on the server, all of it takes its request time and loading time which is why coding experts recommend to restrict and minimize them. To clear this you first need to identify the amount of request your sites make and for that you can use Google Developer Tools if you are a Chrome user. You can identify and chuck the unnecessary HTTP requests from your website.
3. Combine Large Files
4. TTFB or Time to First Byte
TTFB or time to the first byte is that moment when a user clicks on your website’s link and the first byte gets loaded on the server. Now, many experts believe that they no control over this as it depends upon the browser a particular person is using. But, there still a few things we can do to decrease that time gap. The good time gap between the actual loading or starting to load is less than 200ms as suggested by Google. By using Google’s Developer Tools we can find that out and can be reduced by activating the catching.
5. Domain Name Server Time
When a user clicks on your website your computer looks for the same IP address on the server to match with it. If your domain name server is slow, the time that the server will take to respond to your computer will be more. A slow DNS provider will also trouble your browser as it will take more time to find out where your website is on the server. So, to make your website run faster, you must choose a faster DNS system to eliminate the trouble.
6. Hosting Options
Hosting is something that most people take lightly. They do not want to invest a lot of money in hosting which is why they opt for shared options. Well, if you share your hosting with others on the server, your website will be less likely to handle high levels of traffic. Since you want more and more people to come on your website and buy your products or services, you must have a good foundation to accommodate them all. Choose separate hosting for separate websites. Do not share it with anyone.
7. Compress your Files
Compression has a huge role to play in the overall traffic of your website. The compressed your images, videos and scripts are, the lower will be your page load time. Compressing your files can be done through the use of various third-party apps available as plug-ins in Word Press sites. Those applications can tell you how many files are there on your website that are present on the server and how big they are. You can identify those scripts or images and compress them to a comfortable size. That way, they’ll take less time to load.
8. Activating Caching
When a user visits your website, your java scripts, images, style sheet related data gets stored in their temporary memory i.e. hard drive. This happens so that the next time the same user visits, he/she does not have to wait for everything to load once again. This decreases the subsequent load time after the first visit if the website has enabled the cache. There are only a few files that require subsequent loading otherwise the rest of the structure is already pre-loaded. If you enable browser cache, your traffic and site speed will significantly increase.
9. CDN Content Delivery Network
CDN or content delivery network is used to connect users that are farther away from the host’s server. Through the help of CDN, your website’s data gets cached on a global server. So, anybody who comes to request any information your website will automatically get connected to the closest server present near them. This will considerably lower the time for the website’s response.
If you are looking to get more visitors on your website, its speed and time to respond make all the difference. If they bounce back because of higher loading time, Google will identify the website’s bounce rate and ultimately your visitors will decrease, Follow these steps & optimize your website at best.
Posted By: Sanya Nagpal