10 Easy Ways To Speed Up Your Website

We're living in a fast-paced world where speed is everything—especially online. Web users are becoming more intolerant of slow loading times. Even Google rewards fast websites with a higher ranking in search results. This article features ten easy ways to speed up your website. Make your website speed a top priority to provide a quality user experience for your visitors.

1. Minify HTML, CSS & JavaScript Files

According to Google PageSpeed Insights, minification refers to the process of removing unnecessary or redundant data without affecting how the resource is processed by the browser. In other words, minifying your websites HTML, CSS, and JavaScript files involves removing code comments and formatting, removing unused code, using shorter variable and function names, and so on. Removing unnecessary or redundant data within your code files will then give your browser more time to read all the important stuff, allowing your website to load faster.

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2. Compress Your Images

The goal of compressing images is to reduce the file size of the image. The process of compressing an image involves scaling and cutting any unnecessary data in the image file. Compressing all of your images on your website is just another easy way you can help speed up your website.

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3. Save Images At Their Correct Sizes

It’s often easier to save one larger version of an image, and use it in various image containers on your website, regardless of the different sizes each container has. However, by doing this, you’re making your browser do all the hard work. Your browser now has to resize and scale the various sizes of the image so that it fits proportionally in its containers. Unfortunately, this process will slow down your image loading times and overall website. Here’s the easy solution—save your image as the exact dimensions of the container it will be placed in. This will help speed up your website since your images will load faster.

4. Optimize Your Images

Optimizing your images is another easy way to speed up your website. There are three main file types for images on the web; JPEG, PNG, and GIF. Each file type serves a unique purpose and they all have their pros and cons. Be sure to read How To Save High-Quality Images For The Web In Photoshop, for a quick overview of the different file types and when to use them on your website.

5. Reduce Plugins

There are many great plug-ins available to extend the functionality of your website or blog. Whether you use WordPress, Drupal, or Joomla, you probably have a few plug-ins installed on your website that you swear by. However, the more plug-ins you have installed on your website, the slower your page speed. Sometimes, it’s not even just the amount of plug-ins you have that decreases your page speed. Poor quality (bloated) plug-ins, can also slow down your website.  Try to reduce the number of plug-ins used on your website, and make sure they’re high-quality.

6. Enable Caching

Caching is when a web browser stores a saved version of a website that was visited. In other words, your web browser saves a memory of all the website files (HTML, CSS, images, etc.) so that anytime you visit the website in future, it doesn’t have to re-load everything on the website again. Enabling caching on your website is yet another easy way that you can speed up your website. For more information on caching, read this detailed tutorial.

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7. Place CSS at the top & Javascript at the bottom

It’s in good practice to place all CSS files as close to the top of the HTML document as possible and JS files as close to the bottom as possible. When your browser is loading your page, you want to make sure that all the visual stuff, which is handled by the CSS file loads as fast as possible. Once the basic visuals are loaded on your website, you’ll then want to load all the JavaScript which commonly handles all the cool interactivity on your website.

8. Use A CDN

Use a CDN to store all your website’s media files. A Content Delivery Network (CDN), is a collection of web servers distributed across multiple locations. This distribution of servers helps to deliver content to your website visitors faster and more efficiently.

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9. Choose A Good Hosting Plan

Your hosting plan can determine whether your website is fast or slow, regardless of how optimized your website files are. Hosting your website on a dedicated network server (DNS), compared to a cheap shared network server could make a world of a difference in regards to website speed. More often than not, hosting your website on a cheap shared network server can slow down your website, since you’re not the only one using the server—it’s shared. On the other hand, using a DNS for your website can help speed up your website since your website is on a dedicated server.

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10. Fix All Broken Links

Finally, broken links cause unnecessary strain on your website’s database. It also results in wasteful file requests and an overall poor user experience for your visitors. Be sure to fix all broken web and image links to help speed up your website.

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