How To Improve Your Websites Speed

Three focuses of my blog are Financial Literacy/Money, Business/Entrepreneurship and Technology. In today’s digital age where so much business is conducted online, it’s critical that your website is working at optimal speeds. The following contributed post is entitled, How To Improve Your Websites Speed.

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Whether you use your site for business, blogs, pleasure or a combination of all, it is important to consider the customer’s journey.

Bet you’ve been there, on a different site and due to the lag and delays with loading or navigating their site, you moved on pretty sharpish to a competitors page. Of course, when it comes to your business or blog you don’t want that to happen. This then has a very real knock on effect and will impact on your site’s traffic, building and maintaining a good service and customer satisfaction. All of which you want to avoid. With that in mind, it is always worth reviewing your site when you review and consider changes to optimize your business.

So Why Is It Running Slow

The first step is to run a site speed test to see the actual speeds that are being applied to your site currently.

As to the whys, there could be many reasons. It could be due to some of the links, adverts and widgets you have running across the site. It could be due to the size of images and videos that you have uploaded, or the number of links included.

This does mean that there could be potentially a few aspects to change. But, it also gives you a lot of ways to improve those speeds by making some easy changes.

Here are some different ways to ensure that you maintain great internet and site speeds to stop this happening.

HTTP requests

Consider what is on each page within your site. Every script, image, table, link and so on that requires a HTTP request to load each time, will influence your upload times. There are developer tools available online to help you identify these.

So, once you know how many you have, it is always worthwhile seeing which ones are unnecessary and where possible removing them to enhance your site’s speed.

Dedicated Servers

Where this is something that confuses you or you struggle to find the time to manage your site to ensure it runs at optimal capacity, you can always consider dedicated servers. A dedicated server will give you an instant support system to help you perform better with a knowledgeable team or dedicated support manager in place. Also, not only will they be able to support the speed of your site, they will also have the ability to assist with security.

Check Your Hosting Site

When you were completing the initial set up, you may have opted for free or low cost hosting options to keep your start up costs low. Initially this offered a great stepping stone when getting set up. However, now that your business has grown and developed you’ll find that they need reviewing to support your current traffic needs.

With this you’ll have different options available, such as shared hostings, VPS hosting or a dedicated server.

Each option comes with their women individual benefits and costs so it is worth spending some time to review the options and your budget to allow you the best route forward.

Author: anwaryusef

Anwar Y. Dunbar is a Regulatory Scientist. Being a naturally curious person, he is also a student of all things. He earned his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Michigan and his Bachelor’s Degree in General Biology from Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU). Prior to starting the Big Words Blog Site, Anwar published and contributed to numerous research articles in competitive scientific journals reporting on his research from graduate school and postdoctoral years. After falling in love with writing, he contributed to the now defunct, and the Edvocate where he regularly wrote about: Education-related stories/topics, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Financial Literacy; as well as conducted interviews with notable individuals such as actor and author Hill Harper. Having many influences, one of his most notable heroes is author, intellectual and speaker, Malcolm Gladwell, author of books including Outliers and David and Goliath. Anwar has his hands in many, many activities. In addition to writing, Anwar actively mentors youth, works to spread awareness of STEM careers, serves on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the David M. Brown Arlington Planetarium, serves as Treasurer for the JCSU Washington, DC Alumni Chapter, and is active in the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace Ministry at the Alfred Street Baptist Church. He also tutors in the subjects of biology, chemistry and physics. Along with his multi-talented older brother Amahl Dunbar (designer of the Big Words logos, inventor and a plethora of other things), Anwar is a “Fanboy” and really enjoys Science-Fiction and Superhero movies including but not restricted to Captain America Civil War, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Prometheus. He is a proud native of Buffalo, NY.

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