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4 Things You Can Do To Boost Your Website’s Speed

Worried about your website’s slow speed? Here are four tricks for you to boost your site speed.

1. Minimize Your HTTP Requests

According to Yahoo, around 80% of a Web page’s load time is spent on downloading different parts of the page such as its images, stylesheets, and scripts. There is an HTTP request for each one of these elements, which means the more the on-page components are, the longer it will take for the page to respond. One way to minimize your requests is to find out how many your site currently makes. You can use the Google Chrome’s Developer Tools to see the number of HTTP requests your site makes. To analyze a page right-click on it, and click ‘inspect’ then click the ‘Network’ tab.

2. Hosting Plan

Most new website owners choose the cheapest possible option as their web hosting service. This is often enough in the beginning, but you will likely need to upgrade your plan once you start getting more traffic on your site. It is always great to have managed web hosting service in order to improve your website’s speed.

Shared hosting is the cheapest option for beginners, and you have to share certain resources with the sites being hosted on the same server. With VPS hosting, you also share a server with other sites, but your website has its own dedicated portions of the server’s resources. In dedicated hosting, you have your own server that is private. You will not share resources with anyone else, and you are responsible for all the maintenance. A dedicated server allows you much more space, but you also have more work to do with technical setup and configuration.

If you want complete control over your web hosting, dedicated hosting is best for you. It is also the most expensive option considering all its perks. If you are at a point where the traffic levels are slowing down the response time of your server, you may need to switch from your shared hosting to a VPS, or from a VPS hosting to a dedicated server.

3. Defer Javascript Loading

Deferring any file means keeping it from loading until after all the other elements have loaded. If you defer files like JavaScript, you will ensure that the rest of your content can now load without any delay. With a WordPress site, WP Rocket plugin can be used to enable deferred JavaScript loading easily by checking the box next to ‘Load JS files deferred.’

4. Browser Caching

When someone visits a website, the page’s elements that you visit are stored on your hard drive in the form of a cache or temporary storage. The first time a user comes to your website, they download the HTML document, javascript files, stylesheets and images before they can use your page. So, the next time they visit the site, your browser will load the page without sending another HTTP request to the server. Enabling browser caching will save everyone’s time.

All these tips will drastically improve your website’s loading time in less than no time. I hope this article helps you out. Have a wonderful day everyone!

About the Author:

Barbara Morgan is a freelance writer, IT enthusiast and a California native. She began reviewing hosting providers when managed hosting just appeared on the market. Mark loves enlighten hosting related topics in all its forms. She regularly posts her articles at one of the managed hosting providers in the USA and NL website – Hostiserver.com

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