10 Tips on how to speed up your website – part 1


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10 tips for improving your website performance. If you require website development help, then please hire Neogain, who are web development experts in the UK.

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10 Tips on how to speed up your website – part 1

  1. 1. <ul><li>10 Tips on how to speed up </li></ul><ul><li>your website – part 1 </li></ul>
  2. 2. <ul><li>Tips on how to speed up your website – part 1 </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes improving website performance isn’t just about the major changes, but also little tweaks that work together to give a website the oomph it desperately requires. Improving a website’s speed isn’t just about improving the website visitor experience, but also has search engine optimisation benefits, plus often can help with bandwidth costs. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>The ten tips that follow are divided into two posts, and hopefully there is something for everyone to ponder and implement. </li></ul><ul><li>If you are not subscribed to the Neogain blog, please take this opportunity to subscribe. </li></ul><ul><li>Each week we provide website design, CMS and SEO tips from basic to advanced. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Tip 1 – Move your website hosting. </li></ul><ul><li>Let’s start with one of the biggest changes you could make, and that is moving your web host. </li></ul><ul><li>If your current host doesn’t provide great reliability, plus the website is sluggish not just due to the website CMS, mysql and content, but because of the host providers services such as an overloaded database server, it could be time for you to look elsewhere. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Tip 2 – Install a website cache. </li></ul><ul><li>If your website isn’t running a cache then you should consider installing one asap. </li></ul><ul><li>A cache isn’t just to cope with the ‘digg’ effect, but to help serve up pages and posts on a daily basis. </li></ul><ul><li>Many content management systems come with cache solutions as standard, but some don’t. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Give your website some oomph and get a cache setup. </li></ul><ul><li>However when choosing a cache solution do your homework, as the solutions available do vary in capabilities and complexity, else why not hire Neogain to help you? </li></ul><ul><li>Further reading: How to Setup Caching in WordPress </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Tip 3 – Optimise the images in your website. </li></ul><ul><li>From the theme graphics to the images within your pages and posts, optimising the images can improve your website speed dramatically. </li></ul><ul><li>Optimising images can be a time consuming process, but by reducing the file sizes, it is one of the best methods to improving your website performance. </li></ul><ul><li>Further reading: Optimise your Website Images with the GIMP </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Tip 4 – Compress the CSS. </li></ul><ul><li>As optimising the images was one of the best methods of improving your website performance, compressing the CSS is one of the worse! </li></ul><ul><li>However little changes here and there do add up and taking time to compress your website CSS, such as the style.css file, should be considered. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Compression can be accomplished by using a free online service. </li></ul><ul><li>The services usually will merge redundant code, shorten code were possible and remove spaces. </li></ul><ul><li>As you would expect this then makes it tougher for humans to read and alter. So well worth keeping a backup of the original style.css file to use at a later date. </li></ul><ul><li>Further reading: How to Reduce your style.css file size </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Tip 5 – Uninstall some website plugins. </li></ul><ul><li>It is quite easy to install plugins that are popular, but in reality provide little value to your website objectives. </li></ul><ul><li>There are many different types of plugins, and some could be seriously hindering your website performance. </li></ul><ul><li>If you don’t need a plugin, remove it asap. </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Well that was five tips, now why not continue and read five more tips on improving your website performance in part two? </li></ul><ul><li>If you need website design or development support, please do not hesitate contact Neogain. </li></ul><ul><li>Require website development services? Hire Neogain! </li></ul>