With many looming changes waiting around the corner for Google’s search engine nobody really knows what is going to happen when their new algorithm tweak comes into affect later this year. One thing we do know is that they are on a speed kick right now and their goal is clearly to speed things up which means rewarding websites that have somewhat of a quick load time.
Here are some ways to speed up your website’s page load time:
1. Images: Do you have an image heavy website? If you use a great deal of images you are going to drastically slow down the load time of your website pages. You have to first compress the images along with using a save for web feature if you are using a program to edit them. Often times you can downgrade the quality of the image that is virtually undetectable to the human eye and will reduce the size of the image for loading purposes.
2. Website Widgets: If you are a WordPress nut like many people are you like to utilize that sidebar as much as possible. Don’t worry we all do especially if you like to at least monetize your blog to try and make some money with it you will have that side bar jammed up with widgets. Try not to use too many because each widget brings its own loading challenge. You put too many in there and you will see your website slowdown a great deal.
3. Useless Code: Optimize the coding of your website. If you have code that is simply not doing anything and doesn’t need to be there remove it. Any extra code sitting on your website pages will only add to the load time issue.
4. Background Images: I know it can be very enticing to have a nice beautiful background image on your website but those are notorious for slowing down a website. Try sticking to solid colors and non-busy images. A busy, graphic heavy background image can drastically increase a website’s load time.
These are some of the more important areas to keep an eye out for when it comes to load time of a website. Keep in mind all images used on a website as they do add to that dreaded page load time issue. The bottom line is the page load time of your website is important for the search engines and also for your visitor user experience!