High speed connections are becoming a norm these days. Many users are however, still using connections on 3g or low speed internet connections on their mobiles. Users also want the websites to load quickly.
The ideal load time for any website is 200 ms. However, we see that most of the websites take 5-10 seconds to load up because of many reasons. The themes brought mostly from websites like themeforest although look great but they have major issues with load times.
In this article, we look at 5 quick ways you can use to boost your website speed. Again speed is not only a factor for users but it is also one of the 200 factors used by google to rank websites.
Website Speed #1 – Enable Gzip compression
Gzip compression allows browser to request compressed content from your web-server. Gzip locates similar strings within your files and replaces them temporarily to make your file sizes smaller. All modern browsers support Gzip so its not a problem.
Gzip doesn’t work on image files as they are already compressed. Gzip compression is enabled at server level. You need to check if you are using apache or iis and depending on the server, you need to follow the right steps to enable gzip compression on your server
Website Speed #3 – – Reduce Number of Files
Since browsers load the files in batches of 5-8 files, it may take 4-5 batches to load these 30 files. It is best to reduce the files so browsers can load them in minimum batches.
Website Speed # 4 Use Browser Caching
Website Speed Number # 5 Optimize images
It is very important that all images used on your website are properly compressed. Sometimes we also use width and height attributes to create thumbnails from bigger images. These images a real drain on bandwidth and should be avoided. You can use plugins in cms like wordpress and drupal to generate thumbnails of images when they are uploaded and use those images in your theme.
Optimizing images can greatly affect your site speed as images are the heaviest resource on most websites and optimizing them can greatly reduce your site load times. Using technique like CSS Sprites can further decrease the number of images on your website and affect your site load times.
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