The Ultimate Guide to Speeding up your Website

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You know this but let me reiterate – your website (or landing page) is your most important asset. It’s the backbone of your business. Whether you run an online campaign, are setting up Facebook pages …

You know this but let me reiterate – your website (or landing page) is your most important asset. It’s the backbone of your business. Whether you run an online campaign, are setting up Facebook pages or managing a Google Adwords campaign, most likely your goal is to parachute people to your website. Once they drop on your site they are all yours. Things are now in your control.

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  • 1. The Ultimate Guide to Speeding up your Website Life is short. Work Smart. Have fun. Compiled by Brightpod.com
  • 2. Google incorporates site speed in search rankings. So, if your website loads slowly you might be penalized and won’t rank well. A slow website is guaranteed to lose your customers. Life is short. Work Smart. Have fun. Compiled by Brightpod.com
  • 3. 10 things you can do today to spring clean your website. Life is short. Work Smart. Have fun. Compiled by Brightpod.com
  • 4. #1. Use responsive web design • getskeleton.com • foundation.zurb.com • getbootstrap.com Life is short. Work Smart. Have fun. Compiled by Brightpod.com
  • 5. #2. Analyze your website • tools.pingdom.com/fpt/ • gtmetrix.com Life is short. Work Smart. Have fun. Compiled by Brightpod.com
  • 6. #3. Compress your website pages using GZip • Your web server will deliver compressed files over the Internet whenever someone goes to your homepage. • Which is easier to throw with the hand – a tennis ball or a soccer ball? • betterexplained.com/articles/how-to-optimizeyour-site-with-gzip-compression/ Life is short. Work Smart. Have fun. Compiled by Brightpod.com
  • 7. #4. Use image sprites • Reduce web server requests. • Instead of loading each image using an img tag, group all images in an image file (so you only need to load one image file) and then call each image using CSS. • Use Sprite Cow - http://www.spritecow.com/ Life is short. Work Smart. Have fun. Compiled by Brightpod.com
  • 8. #5. Optimize images • • • • smushit.com/ysmush.it imageoptim.com (Mac) compresspng.com jpegmini.com Life is short. Work Smart. Have fun. Compiled by Brightpod.com
  • 9. #6. Remove unused CSS A cleanup is always good when you are done designing your site. Less code the better. Life is short. Work Smart. Have fun. Compiled by Brightpod.com
  • 10. #7. Define width & height for all images This helps save time since the browser doesn’t have to do the work of calculating the dimensions. Life is short. Work Smart. Have fun. Compiled by Brightpod.com
  • 11. #8. Minify all javascript files • Compress your javascript files to remove any white space (which takes up some file space). • webmaster-source.com/minimus/ (Mac) Life is short. Work Smart. Have fun. Compiled by Brightpod.com
  • 12. #9. Defer parsing of Javascript Place all Javascript calls in the footer of your webpage and not on the header. Life is short. Work Smart. Have fun. Compiled by Brightpod.com
  • 13. #10. No social plug-ins on the homepage • Twitter, Facebook etc. buttons come with their own baggage and we really didn’t think it was worth having them on the front page. • If either of these API’s become slow (or go down) it would impact the way your page would load. Life is short. Work Smart. Have fun. Compiled by Brightpod.com
  • 14. Life is short. Work smart. Have fun. brightpod.com | @brightpodapp Project management software for marketing teams.