8 Ways to Increase Page Speed
(Syed abdulwahab Shah)
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Table of Contents
- Compress images.
- Video settings.
- Enable cache.
- Minify CSS and JS.
- Change hosting.
- Delete the plugin.
- Upgrade to the latest version of PHP.
- Pingdam website speed test
How to Increase Page Speed
Web page speed is the most important factor of your website. And it has to do with Google ranking as well. No one waits for a page to load in these busy times. Hence, it is important to improve page speed, and this can be done by adopting a few techniques.
Page speed refers to the seconds it takes for a page to load.
How does Google rank its search results, i.e. which links to show at the top and which to show at the bottom? There are some rules set for this ranking, these rules include page speed, that is, while ranking, Google also looks at the speed of the website.
This is all because according to a statistic people do not wait more than 3 seconds for any website to load. Fast loading websites make users happy.
Generally, a web page that loads in less than 3 seconds is considered to be the best. This means a website that is slow can suffer from search rankings. You should pay special attention to page speed to improve your ranking and increase your sales.
To improve your page speed, follow the best practices below.
The larger the size of the images, the longer they take to load. So compress the images and keep their size to a minimum. But that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice image quality either. Adopt a technique that reduces size without compromising quality. I use one of Windows’ tool snapping tools for this purpose. With the snapping tool, I take a screenshot of a good image, in which the quality remains the same, but the size remains a few kilobytes.
One of the elements that slows down a website is uploading videos. The solution is to upload the videos to YouTube and embed them on your website instead of uploading them to the website.
Turn off autoplay videos.
Cache is a process that you can enable via the Cache plugin. This plugin generates some static pages of your website, and displays them to the visitor immediately, meaning no loading time. Install the WordPress plugin wp super.
Minification is a process that removes all unnecessary characters (such as whitespace) from CSS and JS files, making those files smaller in size.
For this purpose use minification plugins like: wp-rocket or W3 Total Cache or Autoptimize or wp-optimize etc.
If your website is slow despite following the instructions mentioned above, then change your hosting. Shared hosting is slower than VIP hosting.
Many plugins also play a role in website speed, so delete unnecessary plugins immediately and install only the most essential plugins.
This is a highly technical task but one that can make a huge difference in your page speed without making any other changes to your website.
PHP is the programming language used by major CMS (including WordPress). Over the years, the developers behind PHP have been trying to improve its performance and new versions load much faster than older versions.
Check with your hosting provider the version of PHP you are using and consult with a developer about what is required to update your website to the latest version.
The Pingdom Website Speed Test tests any page on your website and provides you with details including:
How many seconds does the page take to load?
Total size of your page (in MB)
The number of requests to execute until a page is fully loaded
How long each page element took to load
The good thing about this tool is that you can measure the speed and see how your website is performing in different geographical locations.