Speed Up Your Site: Use a slash on your links

By Daniel Scocco

When a server opens a link in the form of “http://www.domain.com/about” it will need to figure what kind of file or webpage is contained on that address, wasting time on the process. If instead of using that link you include a slash (“/”) at the end like “http://www.domain.com/about/” the web server will already know that the link points to a directory, reducing the time to load the page.

The improvement on the loading time of links ending with a slash will not be astronomical, but when it comes to speeding up a website every small bit helps!

Speed Up Your Site Series:

  1. Optimize Images
  2. Image Formats
  3. Optimze Your CSS
  4. Use a Slash on Your Links
  5. Use the Height and Width Tags
  6. Reduce the HTTP Requests


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61 Responses to “Speed Up Your Site: Use a slash on your links”

  • Keith Davis

    Wow – never knew that.
    Easy to do so I’ll give it a try on all my future links.

  • Smackitta

    i dindn’t know it !! 🙂 many thanks 🙂 i’ll try it for all my links

  • Bang Kritikus

    Thanks this is new information for me

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  • johny

    Thanks for the info. I always use slash for any url. Anyway, I bookmark on some social bookmarking websites, but they cannot display the slash at the end of url. So I want to redirect the page with non-slash-end url to normal url that contain slash at the end.
    How can I do for my website ?

    Thank you in advance …….

  • webhosting

    @maht,

    its not about saving traffic iets about winning load speed of your site.
    server has les calculations sow result is faster

  • darraccn

    daracelou

  • delpasget

    eltvarcao

  • Andrew David

    You must use mod_rewrite from htacces file (it is a file like robots.txt), it isn’t very complicated.

  • WebProffy

    Hi, Daniel!
    Can you help me… I have links as “http://www.site.com/about”
    And I want my links look like this: “http://www.site.com/about/” (with LAST slash)… For 301 redirect I use recommended plugin “enforce-www-preference”… What can I do to have links with LAST slash???

    Help me, PLEASE!!!
    Thx!

  • WebProffy

    Ohh… sorry… http://www.site.COM everywhere in my previous post… Sor… (not post this post as a comment – it’s correction of my prev…)

  • WebProffy

    Hi, Daniel!
    Can you help me… I have links as http://www.site.com/about
    And I want my links look like as this: http://www.site.ru/about/ (with LAST slash)… For 301 redirect I use recommended plugin “enforce-www-preference”… What can I do to have links with LAST slash???

    Help me, PLEASE!!!
    Thx!

  • Daniel

    Google does not care.

  • Andrei Ancuta

    I have a dillema, how does google reacts if i add a slash at the end of my links because don’t want to lose my rankings.

  • Surfer

    Great Tips Yo !!
    Keep it going if anyone has any suggestion on
    on my site please comment on it.

    thanx

  • Basketer

    I am ussing a blogger platform. Please help me through the procedure for changing the link since I cant find any option related to that in blogger.

    Basketer/

  • Zander

    Very useful, cheers for pointing this out.

  • Thilak

    After reading all comments which follow up. I think the debate is not about bandwidth, it all about pageload speed. Visitors always want the page to load as quick as possible.

  • Eli

    Must automatically do it or something, I just checked all three of my WordPress installations and all the permalinks end in /, which is the way I like it anyway! 😀

    Good tip anyway! 🙂

  • Piyal

    very good tip

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