Everything is now fast, right? Everyone is in a hurry to finish their respective tasks. Internet users do not have all day to find solutions. Hence, a website’s speed is important. This guide will not be filled with jargons and heavy technological terms. In this post, the tips and tricks are easy to follow and will definitely help your website load faster.
- Tip #1: Compress your images at all times.
- Images take up more of the page size than texts. If a website has a huge page size, it will take more time to load. You do not have to remove all images, but you just have to reduce the images’ file size or reduce its resolution. For example, a picture with a 1024x 768 resolution is unnecessary. It is an ideal wallpaper size, but not in a blog post.
- Tip #2: Get down to the basics.
- Choose a fast and an uncomplicated theme. All the colorful design will be useless if your website that a long time to load. A slow website will definitely annoy visitors even if it has a beautiful and visually pleasing design. Keep it simple first and gradually, add an element to optimize the website until you get the look you want.
- Tip #3: Clean up your website.
- As your website grows, you will, of course, gain followers and you will also get a ton of junk. You have to constantly clean your website like what you do everyday to your house. The drafts can take up space. For example, if you have more than thirty revisions, you better clean those up. Another one that you could do is to monitor comments. Fifteen copies of the same comment are totally redundant. Anything that is not necessary should be removed. A little dusting can boost your website so delete those duplicates because there’s no need to be pack rat!
- Tip #4: Delete idle images, plugins, themes.
- Over time, your website will change so those previously used images, plugins, and themes should be erased. The images that you uploaded, whether you used them or not, will consume space. Better remove those unattached pictures. For plugins, you have to deactivate it first and discard the ones you do not use anymore. If you are already using a new theme, what’s the point of keeping the old one?
- Tip #5: Arrange your homepage.
- Summarize your posts and avoid showing the full post on your main page. Instead, add an excerpt of what visitors can expect. As much as possible, limit the posts you will show in one page. Provide helpful options like “next” or “show more” that the visitors can click.
After you have done the tips mentioned above… use a tool called Pingdom to test speed of your website.
To use Pingdom, just enter your website’s link and the results will immediately appear. The results are easy to understand. “A” is the highest score a website can get and F is the lowest. Loading time is also indicated. You will know how long it will take for your website to load. One factor is the page size. The larger the page size, the more time it takes to load.