Nothing frustrates an internet user more than a slow webpage. If your website takes more than a few seconds to load then you might be losing potential clients/readers everyday. Not only that, search engines also give a lot of importance to loading speed. According to SEO experts, this is one of the most important ranking factors nowadays.
Here are some simple ways to reduce the size of your site and make it blazing fast:
Compress your CSS files
CSS compression is a tried and tested way to improve speed. Also, it is extremely easy, something that can’t be said about other size reduction methods. To compress your site’s CSS just open up the style sheet, copy all the code and paste it in an online compression tool. (There are various compression tools available on the internet). Once you have removed all the white spacing and comments, paste the optimized code back in your CSS file and hit save. Your site will start loading considerably faster.
Use a cache
If your website is powered by a PHP script like WordPress or Joomla then caching might reduce your loading time many folds. Caching scripts generate a static version of each page so that it loads in the minimum amount of time. Dynamically generated pages take a lot of time to load because whenever someone requests information, the server has to access the database, search for the right content and send it to the browser.
Optimize your media files
Images and videos can consume a lot of bandwidth. Therefore its a good idea to lower the size of these files. For instance if you want to upload an image, you can lower its resolution and dimensions. Same goes for videos and audio files. But keep in mind that too much compression can lower the quality of your file and decrease its overall impact on visitors.
Signup for a CDN account
A CDN, or Content Delivery Network, is a network of web servers located in different parts of the world. When a webmaster uploads a file in his CDN control panel it is distributed to all the servers in the network. After that if someone tries to access that file, the server present in the nearest location is used for delivery. Since the physical distance between the person requesting the file and web server is very small, the file loads up in a very small amount of time.
This might sound too complicated but actually it is very straightforward. Many CDN services provide detailed guidelines and videos to walk their clients through the whole process.
Check your server
A poorly configured web server can also create speed issues. If you have tried everything and your site is still slow then you should talk to your web hosting company and try to find a solution.
Feel free to share your own ideas in the comments section.