Reducing your sites loadding time with GTmetrix

Studies show that users leave a site if it hasn’t loaded in 4 seconds; keep your users happy and engaged by providing a fast performing website!

GTmetrix uses Google Page Speed and Yahoo! YSlow to grade your site’s performance and provides actionable recommendations to fix these issues.

– Optimizing image sizes:
Bigger the images, bigger the image size. Image size is one of the top factors in increasing site load times. Keep your images sizes small less than 30 k and use .png extension. Define your image width and size wherever possible. I generally use 250 x 300 as an image size depending on the post.

– Reduce Http requests :

Take a look at your sites http request and reduce the unnecessary codes and scripts or combine them. Every piece of code or image on your webpage increases the number of http requests. You may also simplify your blog design and reduce excess code that adds to increasing the web loading time.

This blog runs on the Thesis Theme, Thesis theme has less code resulting in increasing the blog speed and reduces site load time

– Optimize Javascripts and CSS scripts :

Avoid using multiple CSS and javascripts, the code consumes a lot of server resources and increases load times. Make javascripts and CSS external, using external files reduces the load time as java scripts and CSS files are cached by the browser.

– Reduce the number of plugins :
Reduce the number of plugins that you have on your blog. More the plugins, more the load time. If you are not using any plugins deactivate them in your wordpress admin panel.

– Minimize website errors:
Every 404 error page increases server and load time. Ensure that your pages have appropriate 302 redirects and regularly check broken links on the site.

– Use Google Webmaster tools:

Google Webmaster Tool is an amazing tool that helps you check indexing of your site, ensure that you utilize the webmaster tools effectively to optimize your website

– Check your Hosting :
Web hosting is an important factor that will impact the speed and loading of your blog or website.

Most blogs have shared hosting, which means that your blog will be shared with other 1000′s of websites on the same server. Shared hosting reduces speed, if you can afford then I recommend using a dedicated web host for your blog.

– Using a Content Delivery Network :

If you have a large scale website or blog you may want to check out options about deploying your content across multiple geographically dispersed servers. These servers will make your pages load faster.

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