So you’ve examined the web hosting options available to you and upgraded your service to boost the loading speed of your website. However, you’re still not satisfied with the results of changing web hosting options. Perhaps you’ve seen some improvement but it’s still not quite enough, or perhaps you simply want to eliminate other factors weighing down your website to get the best performance possible. Either way, you are neither alone in your desire nor without recourse. There are a range of methods out there to speed up your website, with more coming each and every year as computing technologies continue to advance.
Other Methods For Increasing Load Speed
Even if there are always more methods coming out to boost your website speed, you should not ignore tried and true methods. Always look to your particular circumstances to decide which methods are suitable for you and which are not.
Adopt Latest Methods
You should keep an eye on the latest developments and practices when it comes to creating website content. Not only can updates to existing software sometimes help speed up load times, but the same is also true of the latest and best coding practices. Always remain on the lookout for ways to improve, especially if you’ve never had formal education in website creation.
One such practice is to combine files as much as possible on your website. For example, if you are using multiple scripts on your website, try combining them into the same script to cut down on HTTP requests made to the server. Similarly, combine all CSS on your pages, try combining images, and embed them whenever possible directly into the web page.
Make the decision to use Gzip or a similar software program to implement HTML compression for your website. Gzip is a fairly simple concept. Since your website is made up of nothing more than data that must be sent through the Internet before it can be shown on the user’s browser, it is reasonable to conclude that the smaller the size of the information package that is sent, the faster your website will load on your user’s computer. Gzip and other HTML programs first compress the requested information, and then send that compressed package to the user’s browser where it is decompressed and displayed in its original state. Although some very older browsers can’t read compressed HTML, the increase in speed should be worth it.
Use Google’s PageSpeed Tools
Google has made a number of free tools available to users who are interested in speeding up their websites. One example is PageSpeed, which examines the websites of users and then makes recommendations to the user for reducing their loading times. Recommendations can include comments about the configuration of your website’s server, its usage of images, its usage of scripts, and so on. Google has also rolled out a related tool that can examine your website and then rewrite portions of its code to bring them up to latest standards. Not only will this help bring your website up to speed, but it will also save you a great deal of time in the process of doing so.
This is a guest post contributed by David Kendall for WhoIsHostingThis.com. David is a freelance technology writer with a keen interest in search engine optimization. His articles mainly appear on marketing and SEO blogs.