Your website users expects to load your website quickly and efficiently. Now its your responsibility to make it possible. Because a slow website may result in poor customer experience and may hurt your SEO too. There could be many factors for a slow website as poor server response, large images, bad/lengthy code etc. Online tools such as Pingdom Tools and GTmetrix can provide sufficient information that what is your website load time and why is it slow. Now lets discuss more about some easy tips to speed up your website.
Opt For a Good Hosting Provider & Plan
This is very important to opt for a good hosting provider and a plan which suits your needs. A good web host can put it all on the web for you, give you the tools, bandwidth, storage and support when you need help.
Shared hosting accounts are cheap, easy to maintain, and sufficient for most new sites but may become slow sometime. You can start with shared hosting but upgrade to VPS or dedicated hosting in when your site grows bigger or you feel slowness.
Structured CSS Design & Remove Redundant Code
Its always preferable to use CSS instead of tables as it gives you a cleaner HTML and smaller pages. It helps in reduces the total file size.
Also make sure you don’t have redundant code in CSS and Javascipt. Because redundant code can make the files larger and take longer to download.
Use Animations with Care
Animation is the new trend in web design but it may slow down your website. If you are planning to have animation on your website, start with smaller animated touches as you begin working with this type of effect and move on to bigger animations after you have a good feel for how they work and work with your overall website framework.
Doing something simple and fun such as creating an animated hover state. For example: Design a button change color or expand is a nice effect that it will help you in mastering CSS and get a good feel for basic animation before moving on to larger elements. You can consider AJAX or parallax loading animations as well.
With growing number HD and retina display devices available, you may feel like loading all your images as full size when setting up your website. But this going to hurt your website. Usually images taken by a DSLR camera is atleast 5 or 6 MB in size and these images are very large for your site to handle efficiently. So optimizing your images is very importnant before you post it on your website.
Use a Content Distribution Network (CDN)
A content delivery network (CDN) is a system of distributed servers (network) that deliver webpages and other Web content to a user based on the geographic locations of the user, the origin of the webpage and a content delivery server.
CDNs allow files to be downloaded from hosting sites closer to the user. This way the user gets the file faster. Cloudflare offers a free plan which will fulfill most of your needs. You can upgrade your account as well if you need more.
Caching means keeping a copy of data that you’ve already received, to avoid having to ask for it again. Most web browsers perform caching to hold copies of web pages and downloaded files. Information on the web can change over time, so the browser needs help from the web server and the site designer to decide how long a cached page should be stored. This help is provided using HTTP headers, which are exchanged between the server and the browser. If caching is done properly, it may significantly reduce the bandwidth used by visitors to your site.
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