WHAT IS SITE LOAD SPEED?
Site speed is the measurement of how fast the content on your website page loads and how fast users can easily access and see the content on your website.
WHY IS SITE SPEED IMPORTANT?
Site speed is important because it determines the number of visitors that eventually stay after visiting your website. Slow loading speed may make your visitor anxious and eventually leave your website. However, it is good to make sure this doesn't happen because it will affect your site statistics.
HOW TO STOP SLOW SITE LOAD SPEED
1. COMPRESSING AND OPTIMIZING IMAGES
Images usually help enhance and beautify your website, it increases the quality of the content of your page. It is however detrimental to your load speed as large images may slow down the loading times. However, this can be remedied by compressing and optimizing images and this automatically increases the load speed. You reduce the weight of the images by reducing the image size. There are various plugins available solely for image optimization that you can use.
2. REDUCING REDIRECT
Redirects may seem good for your website, but you should note that too many of them would ultimately hurt your website than it would help it. For every page that redirects, it slows down the HTTP request and response. It is therefore necessary for you to eliminate all unnecessary redirects on your website to reduce the load speed to the barest minimum. All you need to do is identify redirects that are not properly set up on your site this action will help you recognize any duplicate redirects and eliminate them.
3. ENABLING BROWSER CACHING
This action can help speed up your loading times. Using browser caching is another method you can use to improve your load speed. Browser caching allows the browser to save some information, such as images, stylesheets & more so it wouldn't have to reload the page every time it is visited. There are many plugins you can use for this particular action.
4. LEVERAGING CDN
CDN is known as a 'content delivery network' or 'content distribution network'. It is a network of servers connected and can help you to improve the load speed of your site. It helps you by delivering files from your website to servers throughout the world. The CDN reduces the distance your site data has to travel between browsers by loading content from already distributed files from your website scattered around servers throughout the world.
5. REMOVE UNNECESSARY PLUGINS
Plugins are necessary to run a successful website, but it is important to note that not all plugins are useful or equal. Too many plugins on your site will reduce the load speed drastically. Plugins that you do not need or are outdated can be a threat to your site. It is therefore recommended that you reduce the numbers set on your site and all plugins should be reviewed before you install them. To know the plugins that are slowing down your site load speed, you can test them individually to identify them.
Finally, there are many more things that can contribute to slowing down your site speed. Utilizing these 5 factors should help speed up your site load page.