Do you need your website operation to be fluid? Pages that open faster improve user experience, increase the traffic to your site, and also helps improve SEO. This write-up has tips on how to have seamless site functionalities and greatly add to performance.
Why website speed matters
While most of the internet back then was restricted to dial-up and pages loaded very slowly, what is being delivered today with high-speed internet is more than expected. It is the norm for users to quit a page that does not load faster and look for a better one. Proper marketing will attract people to click on your website but the proper website performance will have them glued to it.
How links appear on search engines can be linked to the speed at which a page loads, but those that load longer don’t land at the first page. When ranking pages, algorithms by search engines will consider the website speed.
Here are simple tips to improve site speed and start getting better ranks on search engines.
Someone who visits a page for the first time will have the data retrieved a little bit longer by the browser. Caching the data makes retrieval much faster by reviving a stored HTML copy of the requested page, and can be a good option for your contact page. Plugins in WordPress like WP Super Cache makes caching very easy.
- Compress images
The largest consumer of space on a website are images and if they aren’t optimized for the page, take longer to load. There are some instruments that can compress files.
WP Smush.it, is run by WPMU DEV, automatically takes away Meta data from JPEGs and also rids off unused colors from indexed images.
Tiny PNG is a good tool for removing unused colors but with some loss during the compression.
Implementing the lazy load, by the Lazy Load plugin, will cause images to load once the viewer starts to scroll down a page. This saves bandwidth for users and also the load time.
This is same are the removal of white spaces form codes. Spaces and tabs make codes readable for humans but servers and browsers don’t need such so long as the code is correct and executable.
WP Minify and W3 Total Cache sweeps through your code removing white codes during runtime.
- Optimize data tables
This is similar to changing car oil to have maximum engine efficacy. This frees up space and also maintains the smooth running of your databases. You can do so manually using phpMyAdmin or with a plugin.
WP-DB Manager allows repair, backup, and restoration of your database which causes optimum functions.
Another plugin is WP-Optimize which is both a cleanup and optimization tool. It also allows removal of post revisions, comments in the spam queue and other items in the trash section.
- Choose the right hosting provider
The cause of slow speed might be pegged to your hosting provider. Using the same bandwidths might have slower operations when crowded. Lag is a time-consuming problem and should cause switching to a dedicated server, which is more reliable though some are expensive.
This is just a simple explanation of how you can speed up how fast your pages load. Pages that are optimized to load faster invite the user to stick around for longer and have intimate contact with your content.
This processes should not be difficult to implement and within a short time, you will have a faster page and an increase in satisfied clients.