6 Ways to Speed Up Your Site


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The load time of websites is one of the most important factors affecting its usability; most Internet users will just skip a site altogether if it fails to load within a couple of seconds. Below you will find the summary of the “Speed Up Your Site” series. Those are simple yet effective ways to make sure that your website is running fast. You can click on each point to read the article with comments from the readers.

  1. Optimize Images: always use the “Save for the web” feature included on image editing software. Images represent the heavier load on virtually any website so make sure you are optimizing them. Alternatively you can also turn to an online image optimizer.
  2. Image Formats: apart from optimizing images it is important that you choose the right format. JPEG format is suitable for photographs or true-color images. The GIF format should be used with flat-color images like logos or buttons. PNG works very similar to GIF but it supports more colors.
  3. Optimize Your CSS: most websites are designed with CSS nowadays. Make sure to aggregate and clean your CSS. CleanCSS is an online tool that will merge similar selectors, remove useless properties and remove the whitespace from your code.
  4. Use a Slash on Your Links: when a user opens a link on the form “http://www.domain.com/about” the server will need to figure what kind of file or page is contained on that address. If you include a slash (/) at the end of the link the server will already know that this is a directory page, reducing the load time of the site.
  5. Use the Height and Width Tags: many people forget to add the Height and Width tags on image codes. Those tags will make sure that the browser knows the size of the image before loading it. The result is that it will reserve a spot for the images while loading the rest of the page, speeding up the whole process.
  6. Reduce the HTTP Requests: when opening a web page every object (images, scripts and the line) will require a round trip to the server. This latency can add several seconds to the load time of your site. Make sure to reduce the number of objects and to combine CSS files and scripts together.

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88 Responses to “6 Ways to Speed Up Your Site”

  • Jeff Faldalen

    Hi Daniel,
    I am so glad I come across this post. There are a lot of great tips here

    I have been looking into different cache plugins, trying to speed up how fast my site loads.

    Do you have any suggestions?

    I was suggest to use W3 super cache, but setting that baby up is a little
    beyond my understanding at this point

    Thank you for your contribution,
    Jeff Faldalen

  • Rison Simon

    I think you can also minify javascript and css files into one so that they load faster. It is also great to use a cdn.

  • Michael

    Quick tip for WordPress users. Try a combination of Hyper Cache + DB Cache Reloaded instead of WP Super Cache. I had much better results with this combo. It sped my site up quite a bit. Almost seems like its using flat HTML files now, its that much quicker. Super Cache didn’t really seem to do anything.

  • Preeti

    Awesome post Daniel…We all knows that the loading time of websites is one of the most important factors ans we can’t ignore it…Thanks a lot for such nice valuable tips..It will definitely help a lot to come up with better speed..

  • Chotrul SEO

    Great tips indeed. I would add in response to the comment about turning on http compression (to compress the html, javascript and css on the site) that you may or may not have access to this on the server. If you are using shared hosting – as the majority of small sites do, then you are sharing an IP address on a server, and don’t therefore have this option. It’ll either already be on, or you are stuck with it being off. Hope that helps.

  • Belize Real Estate Expert

    Hi Daniel,

    I’ve been reading your blog since the beginning…when you had less than 3000 subscribers. I remember when you crossed the 3000 number…you were quite happy!

    Anyhow, I had some extra time this morning and have been re-reading some of these classic posts….many of which are still very important today.

    I was wondering if you were going to do a re-fresh or update of some of these?

    Please keep up the great work, I attribute a lot of my current success to the tips I’ve picked up on your blog over the years.

    Warm Regards,

    David Gobeil

  • Amal Roy

    Thanks so much Daniel, i am have implemented all those steps in my blog except a few. Much appreciated if you could add some more ways.

  • Michael

    Thanks for all the great tips

  • henry damanik

    thanks for this thing… can i get link to your web…
    and can i take this to my web….

    thank a lot for your kindness….

  • mommygoesonline

    great tips.. i got complain from partner and i’m looking for great tips to speed up my blog

    thank you

  • Bang Kritikus

    How to speed up my blogspot ??

  • Carazoo

    Thanks for the tips. I really didn’t know about the backslash. I will try the JavaScript thing in my blog. It takes a lot of time to load.

    Thanks anyway… 🙂

  • zuborg

    I would also recommend this online free tool: http://Site-Perf.com/

    It measure loading speed of page and it’s requisites (images/js/css) like browsers do and shows nice detailed chart – so you can easily spot bottlenecks.

    Also very useful thing is that this tool is able to verify network quality of your server (packet loss level and ping delays).

  • website design

    very good tips. One of my blogs loads very slow because of scripts put into it. I will follow your tips and I hope to speed up my blog. Thanks

  • Tait

    Thanks Will, I check out Site Stalker and found out my web server performance was terrible. They had outtages every night for over an hour. I also noticed since my sight is now getting stalked that the performance has improved when first going to my site!

  • will
  • one million euro blog

    very usefull post really.
    Thanks alot.

  • seo traffic tips

    Thanks for these great tips.!

  • Richard

    Call me an idiot? Where am I supposed to add the slash(/)/

    at the end of the image Ie dog.gif/

    Trouble with all the tips everyone always writes is that they are targeted at people that know website design etc

    Help would be great…



  • Web design tips tutorials

    Im not sure about this certain “rule” or tip. Is it true that having your CSS on a totally new file is better?

    As in, reducing your main .html file by separating the CSS section on a stylesheet file on its own..

  • snowgirl

    this is nice tuts

  • jakes

    thanx for your good ideas…..really helpful in future..

  • Aneesh

    My blog is loading pretty slow especially because of the javascripts that i use..Thanks for the tips..

  • Website Promotion – Frederrick

    Very useful tips and the methods suggested are effective and workable. Loading time is important as most of Internet users today are still on dial ups.

  • Speeding Ticket Lawyer

    Your tips on speeding up your site are dead on, thanks for the info.

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