According to marketing research, five out four people left your site if it takes more than three seconds to load. Amazon calculated that a page load slowdown of just one second could cost them to lose $1.8 billion in sale every year. That’s insane.
That’s just two studies right here, but if you do some research, you can find thousand more studies showing how important speed optimization is to a certain website.
Let’s look at the seven ways you can boost your website.
This may sound like basic, but believe me, it plays a huge role when it comes to improving website speed.
Many people rely on cheap hosting providers and it worked fine for some people, but if you running an online shop, then you should invest in a good hosting provider.
Many bloggers may already know about the free caching plugins like W3 Total Cache and WP Super Cache, but many of you don’t know about this new cache plugin – WP-Rocket. This plugin will improve the speed of your website in many ways like Page catching, image optimization, HTML & CSS minification, DNS prefetching, and many more.
You could store all your images Into one big image using Sprite me.
Using this CSS, you can only show an image that you need and hide every other non-use images by specifying a set of coordinates.
If you are using WordPress, you know that WordPress adds a lot of unnecessary information that inflates the size of your database.
WP-Optimize is a great free plugin that optimizes your website’s database and removes all unnecessary files that cluttering up your database.
You can also set your site to automatically delete trash after 2 days (by default, it is set to 30 days) or disable the post revision option.
Use a CDN
A CDN is a group of networked servers located around the world. These servers store your site files and will deliver them to your visitors. For instance, if someone in Ireland visits your site, instead of it being delivered from your server in America, they get the content from the closest server to them in that network (geographically).
Another advantage of using CDN is that it can give you up to 50% reduction in bandwidth usage. So, what are you waiting for?
Use P3 Profiler
This is a great plugin created by Godaddy. Many times, WordPress sites load slowly because of poorly configured plugins. By using this plugin, you can easily spot which plugins are slowing down your website.
If you have been blogging for a while, then you know how important it is to have images for a site that relies heavily on content. WordPress offers plugins like Smush, and desktop based app like Shrink-O-Matic can help you optimize your Images.
How about you? Do you take care of anchor text? Share your thoughts in the comment section.