Fast Website or Lossed Opportunity
Do you want to wait for a website to load information? Neither do search engines as the slower website will be ranked lower than the faster one. That’s not all you will lose people if your site does not load in under 3 seconds.
Your WebHost will Make or Break your Speed
The tips I am about to share will help you but if you use the cheapest plan you get it may not get you under 3 seconds. Make sure you do your research on the hosting plans and providers.
Compress, Resize, and Shorten any Media File you add to Your Website
Large files equal a slow site as every byte needs to load for the image to appear. Compressing your images is always recommended by speed test sites like GTmerix. Compressing can be done to your videos if you plan on uploading them directly to the website. Remember to be careful when compressing you will lose quality and may look terrible to your viewers.
Resizing images will improve your website speed as well. If you have a 2560×1440 image resizing to 1280×720 will cut down on the bytes need to load that image. If your site’s focus is photography try and resize to where you find a good balance between speed and quality.
Shortening your videos remove a lot of bytes that need to load. It is recommended that you use YouTube or Venmo to host your videos. They will have a well-optimized version of them.
Get a CDN for Your Website
CDNs are great for speeding up your website because they host your website on their servers as well. If you have a lot of traffic buying a CDN will help you out. A free one Cloudflare will help your website and it will do some minification as well if you want.
Understanding A Waterfall Chart
Now that you know how to speed up your website let’s take it further. Too quickly summarize a waterfall chart you want the bars as small and as close together as they can get. Check to see if you have a long bar and see if you remove it from the page. You can also shrink the file size to help shorten the bars as well.
Remove Theme and Plugin Bloat on WordPress
Did you know that plugins can be active on page there not? Having these plugins can slow down your webpages that don’t need them. You can find these plugins on your waterfall chart.
When looking for theme research ones that are lightweight. You never want a theme loaded with heavy fonts and CSS to slow down your website.
Remove Requests to Save Seconds
After removing the bloat from your page you will have fewer requests on its waterfall chart. Requests are basically anything that needs to load on your webpage. So loading up a page with YouTube videos, widgets, images, etc. will slow your website down. Even your google analytics code can slow you down.
Test Until You get Under 3 Seconds
This can be a process but keep it up. For every compress, request removal, and minification you make flush cache and test. Rinse and repeat until you have a blazing fast website.