How To Make Your Website Faster

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If you make your website faster this will make for a better experience for your visitors.  A speed improvement means that less visitors will bounce from your site, and more visitors will stick around and check out what you have to offer.

Although many of us enjoy high speed internet in North America and Europe it is important to remember that a very large portion of Internet users still uses dial up internet.

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Although there are about 344,106,497 broadband subscribers worldwide, broadband users are a minority among the 2,405,518,376 Internet users in the world

The Fact that internet connections are not always fast is an important reason why having a fast site is so vital to the worldwide success a website can achieve.

Here are 5 tips for improving the speed of your website:

1. Optimize your Images

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Smush.it is a Yahoo Developer tool that allows you to smush images, without causing any quality loss to the picture or graphic.

There is a WordPress smushit plugin that smushes your images automatically after you install it.

For even better lossless jpeg compression check out the free web app jpegmini.

2. Use a CDN

CDN Stands for: “Content Delivery Network.”

Content Delivery Networks are distributed computer systems that efficiently serve content items, like images, to your visitors.

The best CDN that I have used is Amazon CloudFront.

3. Upgrade your Hosting

When you sign up for a web hosting plan you will typically start off with a shared hosting account.

On a shared hosting plan your website will be hosted on a server with many other sites.  If other sites experience a heavy amount of traffic, this can slow down your website.

Shared hosting is still the best option for many people and if you want to go this route I recommend the web host Bluehost.

The next step up is virtual private hosting.  I recently upgrated to a VPS (Virtual Private Server) with Godaddy and although the cost is more and setup takes time this upgrade makes a BIG difference in speed.

4. Install the YSlow Firefox Plugin

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This free web browser plugin will rate the speed of your site and give you actionable suggestions for improvement.

5. Install a Caching Plugin

First of all, in case you are unsure of what “caching” is here is a definition:

This term is pronounced like “cash” — not “catch,” and definitely not “cashé.” There are many different types of caches but they all serve the same purpose. A cache stores recently-used information in a place where it can be accessed extremely fast.

If you are running WordPress w3 Total Cache is a plugin that will allow the code of your website to be served up more efficiently.

The minify function of this plugin takes comments and line breaks out of the code.  This reduces the file size and helps it to load faster.

Run a Before and After Speed Test

Using the free pingdom web page load time tool you can run a speed test on your site and get a benchmark for the speed of your site.  After you’ve made improvements to your site’s speed you can test your speed again to see how much of an improvement was made.

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Naturally you should try to get your web page load time as low as possible.

Have fun getting your site up to speed! :)

Comments

Have you optimized your website for speed?  How did you make your website load faster? Let us know!

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8 Responses to How To Make Your Website Faster

  1. Sam Golden February 17, 2011 at 12:14 pm #

    Great advice the caching plug in reccomendation is awesome, if you get a chance check out my wordpress site, I’d be open to pointers about how to improve it http://samgolden.co.uk/blog/

  2. Garin Kilpatrick February 17, 2011 at 12:54 pm #

    Thanks for the comment Sam. I just checked out your blog as well. Cool design!

  3. Garin Kilpatrick February 17, 2011 at 12:54 pm #

    Thanks for the comment Sam. I just checked out your blog as well. Cool design!

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  6. CouponCave July 26, 2011 at 8:56 pm #

    thanks for the tips Garin…
    please also tell us how to setup the “w3 Total Cache” plugin …

  7. abinash April 8, 2013 at 3:42 pm #

    Hi Garin, nice post. I wanted use Dropbox CDN plugin but the plugin says it is not updated since last 2 years. So just wondering if it is safe enough to install? any other alternatives if you can suggest? I just want to use my images externally instead of the same server…let me know.

  8. DCIgemstone April 15, 2013 at 9:53 am #

    I use ipage for the hosting of my websites.  I
    found that in the UK my website would take a while to load. I purchased an
    add-on called Akamai. The way it works
    is that when a request for a site is made from a significant distance from
    their datacenter, it’s served by the nearest Akamai edge server.It guarantees page
    loads of four seconds or less, for up to 10,000 page loads per month.
    It’s FREE at the moment too for UK customers! I pay an extra £2 per month
    but it’s well worth it as http://www.dcigemstonejewellery.co.uk/ loads so much faster
    now!

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