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In the modern digital age, website speed is more important than ever. A slow loading website can cause visitors to become frustrated and leave your site before they even have a chance to explore it.
This not only affects user experience, but can also hurt your search engine rankings and overall online visibility. That’s why it’s essential to make sure your website is running at optimal speeds.
Website speed is measured by how quickly a page loads when a user visits it. It’s important for both desktop and mobile users, as people expect websites to load quickly regardless of what device they’re using. If your website takes too long to load, visitors are likely to leave before they’ve had a chance to explore your content or products. This can lead to decreased conversions and sales, as well as lower search engine rankings due to poor user experience signals from Google and other search engines.
Fortunately, there are several tools available that you can use to test the speed of your website. Some of our favourites include PageSpeed Insights from Google, Pingdom Tools or GTmetrix. Each of these tools will give you an idea of how fast (or slow) your website is loading on different devices in different locations around the world.
Lets explore each of those in a little more detail:
One of the most effective ways to improve website speed is optimising your images. Images can take up a lot of space and bandwidth if they are not properly optimised. By compressing images or using image formats that take up less space (such as WebP), you can significantly reduce the size of your page without sacrificing quality. Additionally, you should be sure to use high-resolution images only when necessary as this will also help to reduce page size.
Another way to increase website speed is to reduce the number of redirects used. Redirects can slow down page loading times by forcing users to wait for additional requests before they reach their destination page. To minimise the number of redirects on your site, make sure all internal links point directly to the correct page instead of going through multiple redirects first.
Minification removes unnecessary characters from code such as whitespace and comments which helps reduce file size and therefore speeds up loading times for users. This process should be done regularly in order to ensure optimal performance for your site visitors.
Enabling browser caching
Is another way to improve website speed by allowing users’ browsers to store certain elements such as images or scripts so they don’t have to be downloaded again each time a user visits a page on your site. Leveraging content delivery networks (CDNs) is also beneficial as it allows you to serve content from multiple locations around the world which reduces latency and improves loading times for users who are further away from your main server location.
Yet another way to improve website speed is by reducing file sizes without sacrificing quality or functionality. This can be done using various tools such as Gzip which will compress text-based files such as HTML or CSS into smaller versions that still retain their original functionality but take up less space on servers and require less bandwidth when downloading them onto user devices.
Improving server response time
This is key in optimising website speed as it determines how quickly webpages are served up after a request has been made by a user’s browser. To do this you should look at factors such as hardware configuration, software configuration and network infrastructure in order to identify any potential bottlenecks that may be slowing down performance on your server end before making any changes or upgrades to the website. Whilst this might sound a daunting process, where hosting is concerened, a lot of the time you get what you pay for. If you’re on a very cheap hosting plan, the likelyhood is it will be a shared server and your website will be competing with a hundred other websites for the servers resources. If one of those websites gets hit with a lot of traffic, your website is likely to suffer.
By taking the time to test your website speed regularly and making any necessary improvements based on the results of those tests, you’ll be able to ensure that visitors have a positive experience when visiting your site – which will help boost conversions and increase search engine rankings over time! If you would like to discuss your website speed in more detail and see how we could possibly help, get in touch with us today for a friendly chat!