How much time does it take to load a page on your computer or mobile device? If you’re using a slow connection, you might want to consider speeding things up.
A website takes time to load because it has to download data from servers around the globe. This can be slowed down by several factors such as poor network connections, outdated software, and low bandwidth.
There are ways to improve the performance of your site without having to pay for expensive services. The key is knowing where to look and what to change. Here are some simple steps to get started.
1. Use compression
If you have a lot of images on your site, use image compression tools like JPGmini to reduce their size before uploading them to your server. Image compression reduces file sizes so that they load faster. You can also compress text files (such as HTML) with programs like TinyText.
2. Optimize CSS
CSS stands for Cascading Style Sheets. It controls how your web pages appear on screen. You can optimize CSS by removing unused stylesheets, reducing the number of properties used in each style sheet, and combining similar styles into one.
3. Reduce HTTP requests
HTTP stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol. It’s the protocol that transfers information between websites. A large amount of traffic means more data needs to go back and forth. This slows down your site. You can speed up this process by making sure all of your links are internal rather than external. External links send visitors away from your site. Internal links keep users on your site longer and help boost search engine rankings.
5. Cache static content
Static content refers to anything that doesn’t require user interaction. Examples include:
You can cache these items locally on your own server. This will save you money and time when you later decide to update those assets. You can configure your browser to automatically request cached versions of these files instead of downloading them every time. For example, Firefox lets you set a “cache lifetime” for individual sites. Chrome has a built-in option called “Cache manifest”.
6. Remove Flash objects
Flash is an acronym for FLASH animation. It’s a type of multimedia technology that was popular 10 years ago. These days, most people don’t use flash anymore. However, if you still have a flash object on your site, you should remove it. There are many free tools available to remove flash objects from your site. One good tool is SWFdec.
7. Set your DNS records correctly
Dns stands for Domain Name System. It’s responsible for translating domain names into IP addresses. If your site isn’t accessible at its proper address, then it won’t rank well in search engines. Make sure your DNS settings are correct and point your domain name to your server.
8. Update your hosting package
Your hosting company may offer additional features to increase the performance of your site. Some companies charge extra for these services. Others allow you to upgrade your service plan without paying extra. Contact your host to find out what options are available.
9. Use HTTPS
HTTPS stands for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure. It encrypts the connection between your website and your visitor’s computer. The message says that you trust the site owner and that you want to protect your personal information. Search engines reward sites that use HTTPS because they know that their visitor’s privacy is protected.
10. Optimize images
Images take up a lot of space on your server. They also slow down your site. You should compress your images before uploading them to your server. Tools such as ImageOptim or TinyPNG can do this job for you.
11. Reduce image file size
There are two ways you can reduce the size of your images. First, you can resize them. Second, you can convert them to JPG format. Both methods reduce the file size by 50%.
12. Use CDNs
CDN stands for Content Delivery Network. A CDN stores copies of your content closer to where visitors are located. Using a CDN reduces load times and improves SEO.
13. Serve compressed CSS
CSS stands for Cascading Style Sheets. It’s used to style HTML elements. If you serve all of your stylesheet files uncompressed, it slows down your site. You can compress them using tools like GZIP compression.
14. Add HTTP/2 support
HTTP/2 is a new version of the HTTP protocol. It uses multiplexing to speed up data transfer. It supports SPDY, a previous version of HTTP/2. Google recommends adding both protocols to your site.
15. Enable gzip compression
17. Remove unused plugins
Plugins are small programs that help your website work better. Some plugins add functionality to your site. Other plugins just make things look pretty. Unused plugins slow down your site. Get rid of any plugins you no longer need.
19. Use a caching plugin
Caching is when a browser downloads a resource once and then reuses it later. If you have an active cache, your visitors don’t need to wait for your server to deliver the same resource again. There are many caching plugins available. Choose one based on your needs.
20. Use a CDN
A CDN is a network of servers that store copies of your content. Using a CDN speeds up delivery time because there are fewer hops involved.
21. Combine assets
Combining assets means putting together different types of media into one file. For example, combining a PNG and a JS file will make the overall file size smaller.
These tips are great ways to improve the speed of your WordPress website. Try implementing these ideas and see how fast your site gets!