A significant part of having a fantastic website is making sure it functions as well as it looks. Make it peppy!
Here are five steps you should take to improve your website’s speed:
Optimize your website
Nearly every website you visit these days have images, because images are key to dynamic pages. However, high-quality images tend to make your website sluggish if you don’t compress or resize them where needed. Fortunately, there are a ton of plugins to automate and help counteract this issue. We like SG Optimizer (for SiteGround hosting clients), Smush, and EWWW Image Optimizer.
Fix broken URLs
Search engine bots use your website’s URLs like superhighways to crawl and send traffic to your website. If those superhighways are broken, critical tasks like indexing aren’t allowed to happen, resulting in lost visitors who can’t find what they were seeking. Use Google Search Console or a plugin like Broken Link Checker (although be aware BLC is resource-intensive and not allowed by all hosts) to ensure your broken links are identified and repaired.
Dump unused plugins
We know that the cat images plugin you installed years ago seemed like a great idea at the time. And we know you intended to remove it, but just hadn’t found the time yet. Well, it’s almost certain that all that unused and unneeded code on your website is slowing down your user experience. It only takes a few seconds to disable and delete that plugin to help improve your website’s speed. Your users will be glad you did.
Enable browser caching
By enabling browser caching, you’re telling your website it’s OK to temporarily store some of your site’s static files. That means those temporary files don’t have to be reloaded every single time visitors access them. This simple step make loading times a whole lot faster.
Reduce server response time
If it takes your page or website too long to load due to issues at your domain name system (DNS), you’ve got trouble. Your DNS server houses a database of IP addresses and their associated hostnames. If your DNS service provider takes too long to complete that process, you may need to find a faster one.
Whether you need help with a lazy, sluggish website or some other WordPress need, AndiSites is here to help you. Contact us today!