We’ve all heard that speedy websites are good for business. Not only do faster sites rank higher on search engines, but visitors are more likely to stick around, engage with your site and return often.
If you have a new website or if you’re looking for ways to improve your current one, here are 6 tips to help speed up your website.
Use Multiple CDNs
Time is precious – the more quickly your content loads, the less of it that visitors will need to spend waiting. One way of speeding up your site is by using multiple CDN (content delivery network) providers–CDNs help distribute content geographically closer to users so they can access web pages faster. This option also ensures performance under high traffic situations.
Make Image Optimization a Priority
Not only are large images slow, but they’re also major culprits in bloating web pages and making them load slowly. Make sure you crop, compress and optimize all the images on your site to create smaller files that will load faster.
Choose Content Delivery Networks Carefully
Use VPS and Optimize Apache and Nginx
Bluevps are best VPS is a virtual private server. You can optimize them for better performance by using caching plugins like Memcached or Redis to reduce the need for frequent reads from databases. A CDN can also be used to cache static resources such as images on your page so that they don’t need to be downloaded every time.
Use Content Delivery Networks with HTTPS
Most CDNs work well with websites over HTTPs (i.e., secure website connections), but there are some exceptions, so make sure you do your research before committing to a particular provider. While most browsers trust sites delivered over HTTPS, it isn’t yet standard practice to serve those sites over HTTPS.
Use a Cache Pre-loader
If you’re using WordPress as your CMS, there are plugins available like WP Rocket and W3 Total Cache that optimize your site for speed (e.g., site caching). They also help to ensure compatibility with CDNs and other optimization tools, making them an important part of speeding up your website.
Just because you have a WordPress site doesn’t mean that it needs to be sluggish! One way to ensure that your WordPress website loads quickly is by installing a cache pre-loader plugin like WP Rocket. This tool works by adding <link rel=”preload”> tags to the head element of each page so they can be downloaded before the browser requests them. Learn more about WP Rocket from this webinar .
If you’re a consultant, a non-profit or any other small business with a website that hasn’t been optimized for speed, now is the perfect time to do so. These tips will help your site achieve maximum performance and they can help improve conversions by making your site faster and therefore more user friendly.