Are you a blogger looking for a way to improve your website loading speed? Have you been searching the internet for answers on how best to speed up your site. If you are, then this post is for you. This post is going to as simple as possible for everyone to understand.
I have been blogging for some time now and have learned a thing or two about SEO and its importances. I don’t claim to be an expert on the subject matter, but I have tried some tricks that have worked for me and I will be sharing that with you on this post.
Before we proceed further, it is very important to know that a website speed, plays a major role in getting on the first page of Google search. This will either cause visitors to stay or leave your site, which may lead to decrease or increase in your website pageview. Google has made this a ranking factor and you should not overlook this. According to a Crazyegg blog post on the subject matter, a few extra seconds could have a huge impact on your ability to engage visitors and make sales.
How to speed up your website
Below are the numbers of way, a webmaster can speed up his or her website.
Making Use Of Cache Plugin:
Using a Cache Plugin will help to improve your blog or website loading speed. What a caching plugin does, is to generate a static HTML pages of your website and saves it on your server. So when a visitor tries to access your website, the caching plugin serves up the lighter HTML page instead of processing the comparatively heavier WordPress PHP scripts. Here are 4 of the best WordPress caching plugins you can download to improve your website speed.
The Use Of CDN:
Using a CDN helps to speed up your website, giving your visitors a great web experience. For those who don’t know, CDN stands for Content Delivery Network. What it does, is that it deliver pages and other Web content to a user through a system of distributed servers (network) based on the geographic location.
That is, it’s fetching static assets from your site’s server and caching them on their servers. So when a browser makes a request to visit your site, the static contents are served via the CDN rather than by your site. This process makes your loading page faster because CDN servers are globally distributed and serve as proxies that determine which server is located physically closest to your visitor
It is a great way to improve your website loading speed for visitors. While there are many paid companies that offers this service, you could try Cloudflare which offers a free and secure CDN service.
Apply Light Weight Theme:
This is more applicable to website hosted on shared servers. If you have a website on a shared hosting plan, make sure your theme is a light weight one so your website can load faster. Your best choice of theme, would be a minimalist WordPress theme. Also, are dozens of free, lightweight theme available on WordPress with less coding. This will make your website load faster.
Use Of Image Optimizer:
The use of image optimizer is another great way to speed up your website. This has to compress the image so as to improve the speed of your site. For WordPress users, there are many image optimizer plugins both free and paid that you can use. A good example, is the Smush Plugin and you can download and install this from your WordPress dashboard. For those on the Blogspot platform, you can visit any of the free image optimizer website to help you reduce the size of the image, while keeping the quality the same. An example, is the TinyPNG website.
Add Less Ads On Your Web Page:
Most website owners do not know that having too many ads on a website slows the loading speed of that website. If you don’t believe me, try running a Google Speed check on your website, with and without ads to see what I mean. The more ads on the page, the slower it becomes. So if you want a faster loading WordPress site or blogger site, use fewer ads.