How long do you wait for a website to load ? I’m sure you hop to another, if it takes more than a couple of blinks of your eye. Nobody likes to visit a website that takes ages to load. There are a lot of surveys which talk about people leaving websites if it takes more than like 2-4 seconds to load. There are a gazillion reasons as to why your website is loading slow. Some are in your hands while others are not. In this post today, I’ll try to throw some light on some basic things you can do to Improve Page Speed and Speed Up your Blog.
How to Improve Page Speed and Speed Up Blog
Now, there are like hundreds of websites and tools out there that will tell you how fast or slow your website is. And trust me, you’ll be confused even if you see a couple of them. Some rate on a scale of 10, while others on a scale of 100. Some websites say your website is loading just fine while other mark it spam. So not going too much into all those numbers in this post. As said will just talk about a few tips that you can employ to Improve page speed of your blog / website.
Compress Images before use
Let’s all agree that nobody likes to visit a website that doesn’t have pictures. I agree that there are niches that don’t require images, but still having a couple of images can keep your readers interested. However if there are a lot of images on your website / blog, then you should ensure to compress them before adding them. If you upload uncompressed images, it takes more time for the images to load thus slowing down the website. If you are on WordPress, you can use SmushIt to compress the images to some extent and in turn speed up blog.
Say No To Popups
I know you have amazing stories that will be delivered to my inbox, but that doesn’t mean there’s a pop-up on every page ! Popups or Interstitial are a great way to grab the reader’s attention. But at times, they contribute to slowing down of your website. Many a times, if you simply copy / paste code from the internet or use a buggy plugin, there are high chances that the pop-up would be running some scripts in the background thus slowing down your website. All I would say is, reduce the number of popups and see the page speed improve. Speed Up Blog with this tip.
Reduce HTTP Requests
Leverage Browser Cache
Lastly, if you are a newbie, let me introduce to this wonderful concept of caching. What happens is that every time you visit a website, some of the data from that website is cached (downloaded) and stored on your local browser. So the next time you visit the website, the website will look for a cache. If found, it will load the cache contents from your browser and remaining from your website. This will greatly improve page speed and Speed Up Blog. Again, if you are on WordPress, caching plugins I mentioned earlier will be helpful.
So that was a basic guide to Improve Page Speed and Speed up Blog. This guide is meant to be for newbies and amateurs. If you are a pro, you might already know these tips. You should ideally be exploring things like CDNs and Advanced Caching and HTTP requests. Nevertheless, I’m pretty sure that if you focus on these points, you will surely improve page speed of your website. If you think this is helpful, give this a like and share it with your friends. If not, mention in the comments below anything that I’ve missed. For everything else, tweet to me at @atulmaharaj
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