Slow websites are a massive pain for both the visitor and the developer. We live in a world where we get frustrated when a website takes longer than two seconds to load because we are so used to instantaneous results.
In this day and age, slow websites are almost inexcusable. Most reliable search engines also do not consider your page to be trustworthy if its loading speed is not as good as the standard loading speed.
Choosing a trustworthy webhosting service like Hostiserver is one of the things you get started with. But even then you can face slow loading speeds because of some shortcomings on your end. Here are some of the most prominent reasons why your website is slow:
Large Image Files
No website is complete without pictures. In fact, most of us wouldn’t want to visit websites without pictures ourselves. So we are not downgrading the importance of pictures on a website, but do they really need to be so large?
You can install plugins on your website that will compress the images and the text graphics to a lower resolution. You can even do this manually before putting up the graphics on your website.
You need to make sure that the server of the website is close to its potential visitors. The further from the server the visitor is, the slower the website will be for them.
It helps to have servers in multiple locations run a website. You need to make sure that your web hosting services provides a CDN service. A CDN service establishes a connection between the server that is closest to the user and the user themselves. The whole process is automatic. You can even install CDN on your own.
When you are coding for your website, you need to make sure you are organized. Unnecessary lines of code and spaces and anything extra will slow down your website. If your website is already coded, you can go and clean the code up now.
Other than that, if your website is using multiple scripts, you can combine them into a single script by using a compressor or any other compressing tool you find online. Multiple scripts also slow down your website significantly.
Not Using Cache
Caches are vital in making your website run faster. A cache is a type of temporary memory that stores the information of a website when you first visit it. When you visit that website again, it doesn’t have to load from scratch because all the necessary information is stored in the cache.
If your website is not using cache, it means that the website has to load from the very beginning every time someone visits. Enabling cache techniques will help your site run much faster.
Plugins are a boon and a bane. They can enhance the performance of your site massively and add a large number of amazing features to it as well. But too many plugins can be just what is dragging your website down. Try disabling a few and see if it works.
About the Author:
Barbara Morgan has been writing how-tos, tech articles and more for almost two decades her main focus is UNIX, but she also covers a lot from open source software projects. She is often writing posts for hostiserver.com – Managed Hosting in USA and Europe.