Speed is becoming an incredibly important factor for websites. Creating a website that loads quickly can improve user interactions, reduce bounce rate, and also capture some of the growing mobile user market that would be unable to wait for a site to load. Additionally, speed is now a factor in a variety of ranking algorithms.
There are a variety of methods that can be used to improve the speed of a website, and in this article, PixelCrayons will guide you through how to speed up your website with some helpful tips.
For every designer, “I am not a speed reader, I am a speed understander.”
And, today, when there is no doubt to the fact that the Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow then, obviously the trend of the access to the information and the global market has witnessed a sudden increase. In the race of coming up with the best possible websites and enable them to take up a stand, designers forget the usability factor, of which speed is an important part.
Just remember my website owners, that
“ A journey of a thousand sites begins with a single click.”
The moment it is hampered, the chances are high that your website loose the very credibility and thereof, the visibility as well. The journey may end up abruptly because Guy Almes has put it very right when he says, “ there are three kinds of death in the world. There’s heart death, there’s brain death, and there’s death being off the network.”
Therefore, this post would be an attempt from our our side to be able to equip you with the certain ways to speed up your website and they have been described as follows—
— Compress them As Much As You Can:
As we have already mentioned to be wise with the speed, and you must be acquainted with the proverb that “A fool at forty is a fool only” and, same is the case with the websites.
A website, no matter how great and classy the web design may be, but an over-rated and a slow website may turn out to be an irritant. Never ever think of using Flash for the site elements that are a necessity.
Optimisation is the key. And, while you do this, there are certain elements that you need to keep in mind;
It is important that you use thumbnails instead of the hassle of resizing the image.
Do not forget to mention the size of space that the image is going to consume. In other words, the width and the height and the other necessary attributes.
If you think slicing is an option then, you are wrong. Slicing does sot reduces the loading time, but actually it is vice verse by making each and every single unit of the image that has been sliced, appear one at a time.
— Go For CSS:
CSS are the sure shot ways to improve the speed of the websites, in other words, the loading time per say. They can go beyond your expectations because they serve a lot o f purpose except eliminating the need of putting excessive images;
the recent trend of using div tags is a more reliable and an efficient way of coming up with clean semantic code, and reduced loading time with a handsome share of SEO benefits.
It has an option of the pages with DocType specified, so that it loads faster.
Shorthand CSS is is available as an option to be able to prevent the extra breaks in the external file.
— The Most Obvious Stuff:
It may sound useless, and obvious but holds a lot of importance when you talk about the loading time. Do not make your website a clutter and fit in each and every possible fancy stuff you want to. May be you may want to add an audio, or may be a flashy image, which is quite not a necessity and in turn, increases the loading time of your page.
— Focusing on the Images:
If I talk about I, me and myself… PNGs have proved themselves as the almost perfect tools for optimisation. There is no need to worry when you talk about compressing them, because JPGs and GIFs come up with a lot of issues such as loss of the actual image and the chance of duplicity issues respectively. As far as my experience is concerned, PNGs have shown a level of transparency in the modern browsers.
— Multiple Tables:
Rather than those long tables wherein, it only leads to an increase in the loading time, short or lets put it this way, use multiple tables so that the visitor has the opportunity to go through the first half of the page by the time, the rest loads. It would appear to the visitor that your website is fast and won’t prove a bugger.
— The Excess WhiteSpace— remove it:
For all the designers and the non-designers, you must know about which whitespace we are talking about. Go and remove the extra whitespace that is in between your coding, the extra tabs, and the useless spaces. I am sure that it would shed off the extra bytes and considerably decrease the loading time.
— A big No-No for the https:
Do not try and make a connection with the https://: because they tend to 3 times slower than the normal http. Wherever it is necessary, say if we talk about the e-commerce pages, then, it ought to be secured. Otherwise, try eliminating the connection to the https with each connection.
— Decide on the hosting company:
A hosting provider is obviously important. Its totally a different issue if we talk about hosting it on your personal computer. And when you talk about the shared hosting, on a particular server, you need to keep in mind the different parameters and the questions to be answered. The number of sites that the hosting company is providing on a particular server, whether it is a dedicated server or not or may be if the company provides you full control over the operating system. Moreover, one hosting service use one web hosting service to host several virtual servers. Hence, the more is the number, the more slow it gets.
Just as your old systems require regular upgrades, so does the web servers.
In case you have a heavy traffic, it is advisable to separate the content and the database on the other server so that it is more reliable, secure and speedy.
Obviously, boost up the memory of the server so that it increases the speed as well. And, a faster hard drive would actually bear fruits.
Speed is not the ultimate end, but quickness is the biggest factor that is taken in consideration while speeding up your web page. And, you must know that there is a lot of difference while one talks about speed and quickness. Now, you must have understood my logic behind telling myself as a speed understander at the first place.