Tips to Speed Up Your Website Load Time

Internet users love speed, and if your website takes too long to load, many people will quickly click away before even giving your site a chance. It’s unfortunate, but true. Because of this, you can understand why it is vital that your website load quickly. Here are some of the top tips for speeding up a WordPress website.

  • Compress your files. Compressing your HTML, CSS and Javascript files will help save room on your server. Do a search for free compressors you can use or use a plugin to help you eliminate unwanted and unused files that are taking up too much room.
  • Compress your images. Like content files, your image files take up a considerable amount of space. Use an online compressor or a plugin like WP Smush.it to compress your image files and save a considerable amount of space on your server and a bunch of your load time.
  • Do not use a theme that has too many images. Having a bunch of images may make your site look good, but it can also slow it down. Choose a template that doesn’t utilize many images, but instead uses CSS sprites. This will force the user’s browser to load it faster, without having to scale your remaining images.
  • Install a cache plugin. Cache plugins provided by WordPress are great for enhancing your speed. Either W3 Total Cache or WP Super Cache is a great place to start. You do not need both of them.
  • Get rid of old plugins. Go into your dashboard and deactivate and then delete any unused plugins. While they may not seem like they are getting in the way by remaining in your dashboard, reader’s browsers do load your plugin files too so they can slow done load times.

Unfortunately, slow website load times can make online readers flee from your site. Luckily, this is something that can be helped. Use any, or all, of these tips to help speed up your load time and see more and more visitor staying on our site.

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