Better Website Optimization – How Can I Speed Up My Website?

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With today’s array of devices, search engine, algorithms, and users; it is imperative to have fast loading web pages. Everyone wants relevant information FAST! How fast do they want it? 3 seconds or less. Using better web optimization techniques will help.

How Can A Slow Website Hurt My Business?

After 3 seconds, an unbelievable amount (40%) of users leave your site. If your web page takes longer than 2 seconds to load, you will be penalized by Google by receiving lower rank in the search engine results. For the users that choose to wait, they have already started with a bad user experience. First impressions are important.

No! We don’t want that, where do we start?

5 Steps For Better Website Optimization

Regardless of the platform or programming languages used, all websites have common optimization methods or best practices that can be implemented to speed up page load.

  1. Optimize Your Images – Optimizing your page starts with structure and images. Images on the web should be as small as they can be without noticeably losing quality. If the largest the image will be displayed on your website is 1200px by 600px, that is the size you should use. Never upload raw camera images to the web, all images should be 72 dpi resolution.
  2. Minimize Your Page Structure –  HTML is awesome, but watch how many HTML elements are you using. Can you remove any unused code, or combine elements for multipurpose use? This could be achieved by defining better classes that are used more effectively.
  3. Minimize HTTP Requests – Every file or database request your website makes takes more time. Try limiting the amount CSS and JavaScript files use. At the same time, try to limit the size of these files. You can do this by minifying your CSS or JavaScript code. You don’t have to do it manually – Here are some suggestions on tools to use to achieve this.
  4. Load your scripts after the DOM (Document Object Model)- Loading the essentials and the fancy stuff later will increase your load time. If your page elements do not depend on the extra code, load it at the end.
  5. Use A CDN (Content Delivery Network) – When you have visitors from all over the world accessing a lot of content, using a CDN will help speed up the delivery of that content. A CDN stores your files on servers located throughout the world and delivers that content to the users in that specific area. Shorter distance = Faster Service.

Now, go test your site for speed enhancements.Web pages we use to test are; Google Page Speed Insights, and  Web Page Test. There are also some incredible add-ons, depending on what browser you use. Look around and find something you like,

If you need help with speeding up your site, Accurate InTel can help.

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