15 Powerful Ways To Increase Your Page Load Speed

So, are you the owner of a blog or any website? You might be aware of page load speed? How long does your website takes to load a page? Is it too long? Do you think that it doesn’t matter if your site takes a little longer to load? Think again.

Well, recently I came across the study by Akamai which says that around 42% of the entire visitors expect a web page to be load in two seconds or less. Not only that 40% of the people abandon web page when it takes more than three seconds to load. So, it is very important to take care of your website’s page loading speed, how long it takes to load a page when any visitor request for the same.

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There are so many websites available from the same domain as of yours so, if you will not provide what people are looking for or your service will not be good then you will see a huge loss in terms of customers as well as ranking on Google and other search engines. Delay in page load leads to fewer page views because viewers will move to another platform and thus low customer satisfaction.

Do you want this to happen with your site? I know no one want this as it takes a lot of hard work, patience to establish a website and little delay in page load speed can’t put it all in vain. So, today I am going to tell you some useful ways to speed up your site, hope this will help to maintain your site’s reputation. Have a look.

15 Most Powerful ways to increase your page load speed

1. Choose right and fast web hosting service

This is one of the obvious steps and that is why I have put it as the very first. But some of the people choose poor web hosting service just to save few bucks and fail to reach the high quality. Don’t hesitate to pay extra dollar as it will give you reliable and strong server support which is the basic thing that you require for your website. Some of the best hosting services include BlueHost, HostGator, Hosting24 and WPEngine.

 

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2. Powerful Theme

Selecting powerful theme for your blog on WordPress makes it easier to customize and also provides faster premium framework. Make the right changes from theme make it easy and convenient and results in faster loading of pages.

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3. Use caching plugin

One of the most popular platforms for blog is WordPress that provides you the support of many useful plugin. The plugins that you can download any time and can also uninstall it further if you don’t need. Have a caching plugin installed provides you the quicker and faster way to cut your page loading speed. The most popular plugin are WP total Cache and WP Super Cache. Once you install this plugin you will see decrease in your site loading time and also more efficiency in the usage of server resources.

 

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4. Stop hotlinking and prevent leeching

No matter how good web host server you have used but hotlinking slows down the website when not prevented. Hotlinking is bandwidth theft. How that happened? It happens when other sited link images on your site for their posts and thus makes your server load extremely high.

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5. Split long posts

If you are having too many posts as well images then split them in several pages. This will not only help in increasing page views but also load your web pages much faster. As WordPress admin you can easily accomplish it.

6. Optimize MySQL Database

Optimizing MySQL database also make a huge difference in load page time. There are two ways to do this, one is manual and the other is installing plugin. Use Optimize DB plugin to optimize.

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7. Reduce the use of external websites and scripts

If you are making use of external websites or scripts then you need to reduce it as soon as possible. Doesn’t matter if an external script is in plugin or directly, try to avoid. As there are some plugins that take a lot of time to load and thus page doesn’t load properly if your site servers huge traffic.

8. Add expires header to static resources

You might be thinking what expires header is, so it is way to specify a time so that client doesn’t need to fetch again for any static content. Thus helps in reducing load time significantly.

9. Use CDN (Content Delivery Network)

If you are into online marketing through your website then you must have some bloggers making use of CDNs. Basically, content delivery network takes all the static files on your site and allows the visitor to download them on server when they made a request.

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10. Optimize your homepage

Optimizing your homepage helps in loading quickly. And this is important as this is the face of your website that will tell about your website. You can optimize it by reducing the number of posts on the homepage, remove plugins that you actually don’t require, remote unnecessary sharing widgets and show excerpts instead of full posts.

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11. Add lazyLoad to your images

LazyLoad is a process that allows only images and then makes it available when reader scrolls down. This helps in speeding your page load and also saves bandwidth. For this you can also install plugin, jQuery Image LazyLoad.

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12. Reduce Image size

No doubt, images put a good impression on your blogs and increase the quality but you don’t need to put high-resolution images on your blog posts unless your post is about images. The bigger image and slower would be your website and thus you would require more resources to use. You can also get a plugin for reducing image size without losing picture quality.

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13. Turn off trackballs and pingbacks

WordPress by default interacts with other blogs which are equipped with trackballs and pingbacks. When someone notifies your site name on their blog, turning off will not destroy Backlinks but it will generate a lot of work for your website.

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14. Avoid bad requests

Broken links or unavailable web pages results in 404 and 401 errors this is harmful for your website. Try to fix these URLs and regularly check for broken links by online broken link checker or WordPress link checker. This will let you know of any broken link before it is encountered by any visitor.

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15. Replace PHP with static HTML

You can drastically cut down the page load time by replacing PHP with static HTML code. Also, put CSS at the top and JS at the bottom of your webpage.