As we know, Internet users do not have precisely the virtue of patience. Every one want is they websites to load faster. If our website is not has an appropriate speed then this can end up losing visitors. Google considers the speed of a page as an important factor in search engine rankings. In fact is not only beneficial, but it is compulsory to have a website that loads quickly.
Today we will look at some simple steps you can do to speed up our website.
Improve load times on a page using different tools:
The first and the most important thing we need to do, before using any tool to improve the loading speed of a website, is to know how long it takes to load the website in question.
It can be said that a website takes a while to load when multiple HTTP requests made on our server. These requests slow the loading of a site. Examples of such requests include loading scripts, style sheets, images, and other.
1. PageSpeed or YSlow
To understand and analyze the performance of the speed of our website, you can use tools like Google PageSpeed or Yahoo! YSlow. These two tools help us to optimize a website and improve load times on a page.
Thus both PageSpeed like YSlow have addons installed in your browser and help us to make the most of these. The operation is very simple and both show acceptable documentation, this way you will not notice if it’s the first time you use them.
A very useful tool that can be used is also GTmetriz, which uses both functions as PageSpeed, YSlow to analyze the speed of our website, and offer various recommendations and suggestions to improve it. You have the option to download the results in a PDF file and there is a section of advice and recommendations for sites that use WordPress. GTmetriz tool also shows the results of YSlow and PageSpeed next to each other, and in this way to compare the results of speed each.
If you have finished measuring load times on our website, now we have to get down to work to improve the speed of the page.
Compression and image scaling
On many occasion we will make use of the images does not matter if the site is large or small. You can upload an image as principal in each entry of a blog, or is likely to use images in articles. If so we should consider the compression of images on the website. The tool has a Google PageSpeed image compressor that comes by default, although the image compressor TinyPNG in practice it may be more useful. The application can only be used with PNG files. All you have to do is upload the images and compress, offering a compressed version available for download.
Other useful tools compressors are offered Media4x image. There are separate files minimizes PNG and JPEG, and the mechanism is similar to TinyPNG load, compress and download.
Another tip is that before loading images on the web, we must ensure that are scaled according to the pixel dimensions using the HTML. This avoids unnecessary delays in the server. If you are looking for a comparative demonstration of the advantages of an image properly resized you can see here.