Best Practices for speeding up your website
Optimize your ImagesOne of the best practices for speeding up your website is the optimization of images. Image files take up a certain amount of memory based on image quality and image size. As the quality and size of your images increase, they will take longer to load on your website. Keep in mind that images only affect your site load time for the pages on which they are shown. So if you have a photo gallery page, it may take longer to load the gallery page than your other website pages.
There are few points which you can consider to optimize your Images
- Resize all of your images to match the exact size which will be displayed as on your website.
- Limit the number of large images that are used on non-photo gallery pages.
- Combine all of your small images and icons into a 'CSS Spritemap' or 'CSS Image Sprites'. Check out w3schools.com for a simple explanation on how to use them.
- Use GIF for simple and animated images, JPG for photographs, and PNG for Infographics, Logos, etc.
- In your Photo Gallery Page, Create a thumbnail version of each photo and link it to the full-sized version of that same photo. You can use Lightbox Plugins for that.
Increase Website Speed With CachingAnother best practice for speeding up your website is Caching. Caching allows websites with dynamic content to load faster than they normally would. Dynamic content normally consists of several scripting files that calculate what a page's content should be and then converts the final result into a static format so that it can be displayed. Server-side caching pre-calculates this final result into a static format so that it can be displayed faster. We recommend that you keep Your Server-Side Caching enabled at all times and to only disable the option if you are unable to see updates as you develop your website. we recommend that WordPress users should use the W3 Total Cache plugin to speed up the website.
Use Plugins if you really needWebsite building software comes with a core set of features to help you build your site. Several website builders (such as WordPress, Joomla etc) allow you to add extra features which are often called 'Plugins'. Plugins are usually packed with dynamic coding and features that may increase your website functionality and also load time. So, the correct selection of plugins is very important in deciding the performance of the website. We recommend researching each plugin that you are planning to use on your website so that you can better determine how much it may impact your website's performance.
Choose A Hosting Plan according to Your Needs
A 'hosting plan' refers to how powerful a website server is and the features you'll get in your server. Web hosting companies often offer multiple tiers of hosting with different features including power, speed, memory, bandwidth, and storage limits. Hosting plans usually fall under one of the following tiers:
Shared Hosting: This type of hosting is for absolute beginners. Resources are shared among many users. You can use this for small business websites or personal blogs with limited traffic.
Virtual Private Server: The advanced level of Shared hosting is Virtual Private Server. Your hosting provider will create a Virtual Server with some limited resources and you privately own that virtual server. You can use VPS hosting to host medium to large websites, e-commerce websites with medium traffic size.
Dedicated Server Hosting: In Dedicated Server Hosting, you will get a complete dedicated server. You can use all of its resources to the full extent and host very large corporate websites. Also, You can use it as an intranet or cloud for your organization. The traffic handling capacity is very large.
Use PageSpeed Tools to check your Website's Page Speed
One of the best practices for speeding up your website is to regularly check and monitors your webpage speed. You can use various Page speed tools to check your Website's Page Speed. Most famous tools are Google's PageSpeed Insights, Pingdom , GTMetrix etc which will help you to understand how to make your website load faster. To use the PageSpeed Insights tool:
- Go to https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/
- Enter your web page's URL.
- Click Analyze.
- Google will then provide a list of potential issues and their possible solutions for your website.