User experience matters and for the same purpose your website, blog, eCommerce store, etc should load fast on all devices. In the current world where speed is everything businesses forget to optimize their online store so that it opens fast and performs even when under high usage and traffic.
The best way to analyze your current website speed is to check for your Google Page Speed Score.
In addition – the following are ways we believe will be best to implement to increase the speed of your website:
Use of Caching
This is a very popular and useful technique, which doesn’t load data that is not needed when visiting your site. It stores the data or a page temporarily into the memory and then data or page is accessed from the memory instead of loading it from the server over and over. There are plenty of useful tools, add-ons, and plugins that will get you caching quickly.
Optimize Your Images
Images can increase the load speed of your site, especially the larger file sized images. It’s absolutely necessary to reduce the size of your photos while maintaining the quality. There are many image optimizers that will do this for you. There are even plugins that will reduce the size of your images that have already been uploaded to your site and compress every image you upload from that point on.
Use a Content Delivery Network
A content delivery network or CDN reduces the load time. It is a must for sites that have higher traffic levels. Some can also make you some extra money! You can use content delivery networks like Akamai, TATA CDN, or MAXCDN.
Use a Fast Web Host
Don’t use cheap hosts if your site traffic is higher than an average site. Do your research and make sure the web host you go with has a good reputation, provides you or your developer with analytics on performance, and they need to have great support. Your business’s reputation is on the line, don’t risk that saving a couple of bucks a year using a cheap web host. You get what you pay for here.
Minimize Round-Trip Times
Requests required when a user accesses your website is called round-trip time or RTT. This request is sent by the browser to get information from the server. This RTT should be reduced as much as possible.
Compress Your Website
Deactivate all the Plugins You Don’t Need or Use
Many sites have a lot of plugins that come pre-installed or have plugins that are no longer used or relevant. All of these plugins load files whether they are actually being used or not which can obviously decrease the speed of your site. Make sure you ‘deactivate’ any of these plugins that aren’t being used.
The ways mentioned above are only some of the ways to increase the speed of your site but it’s a great start and you should see great improvements in your site speed after implementing these techniques. Increasing the speed of your site is extremely important because you can start to build trust with your followers, readers, customers and give them confidence that your business and website can be relied upon.