In this highly competitive digital world, you need to deliver super user experience if you want to enjoy a cutting edge over your competitors. While the web design, functionality and content play a vital role in determining your success, the first and foremost thing that you should consider is the essential features like speed. Even the superbly designed websites fail to leave the desired impact if they are cannot load fast. So, it all boils down to speed up your site for the better impact on your visitors, gain good traffic and increase the list of loyal audience. It becomes even more important when you have to serve the mobile audience on-the-go. So, here are a few specific tips to evaluate the reasons that might interfere with your site’s speed and adapt the best practices that can boost your site’s loading time:
Along with your web coding, the server also plays a pivotal role in determining the speed of your website. To be more precise it is the time that your server takes to respond to the incoming inquiry from a browser that directly impacts the loading time.
- There might not be the standard yardstick to measure but ideally, there shouldn’t be a gap of more than 200milliseonds between the request and the transmission of data.
Software of Server
Often the culprit for the delayed speed is outdated software. While the technically curious people do tend to pay some attention to the software they don’t really check beyond the names, it is equally important to ensure that you are using the latest version of the software,
- Renovating and optimizing your server's software or configuration to align with the ideal performance can help you gain a good speed.
- Check with your web hosting providers some reputed hosting provider can offer you good assistance in checking and optimizing server’s software
Lack of resources is another reason that slows down your loading speed. So, it is a good idea to evaluate your website’s resource needs and ensure that it should get enough resources (CPU, memory etc.) for uninterrupted performance. There are several ways you can reduce the resource requirements of your Webpages without compromising with the performance.
- The heavy and intricate design not only requires loads of resource but is also not favoured by Google. So, if your site is media-rich and heavy then you might want to hire a designer for revamping your site and give it a minimalist look.
- Likewise, you can also consider monitoring the site traffic as the increased traffic requires additional resources even if you have a lightweight site
Redirect Lower Down The Speed
When you redirect your audience to another location you add extra milliseconds to the loading speed of your site. While the desktop users may not feel the impact the mobile users or laptop users on the go can be put off by slower speed. Besides the mobile network tends to be slower than the traditional modems and it further slows down the loading speed.
- The 302 redirects take your visitors from the old page to the new pages with a different URL. They are necessary in many cases, but it delays the loading speed.
- There are different tools that allow you to check the number of redirects on your website and take the right decision.
The round trip refers to the total time taken for transmission of a request from the device (your visitors’ device) to reach the destination (your computer) and returning.
- The lesser the RTT the better it is. There are multiple factors that determine the RTT like the medium of connection, source, the physical distance and number of nodes between remote system and source, etc.
- It is best to ensure that multiple resources should be transmitted at a single time to reduce to and for sessions. By uniting few files, you can reduce the time by sending the resources in bundles instead do sending them individually. Here three major resources to be considered.
Prioritize The Data
Sending the data based on the priority is another strategy that can add to your user experience. By smartly coding your web pages you can make your server send the important data first in above the fold content that creates a positive impact on your viewer.
- Even if your page takes some time to load the viewers would remain positive as they can see the important data (or get what they want) appearing fast on your website.
Use Java Script
While JS adds to the interactivity of your site it also acts as a barrier during parallel downloads as the browser is not able to begin other downloads until the JS code is completely loaded. There is a golden mean though.
- You can move js to the bottom of the page to speed up the loading time.
- It will allow the HTML content to be displayed before js gets loaded. That allows you to display a message regarding loading progress for mobile visitors.
- Placing style sheets items at the beginning of the programming document can also display the content as soon as possible thus keeping your visitors happy.
To keep your mobile users happy, you need more than just a responsive website. Mobile users can generally afford less time browsing through websites and thus they need speedy sites. These users are intolerant to slow loading sites. Hence boosting up the speed of your site can certainly enhance the user experience and would offer you a number of business benefits. In this guide, we have discussed various simple DIY techniques to enhance the speed of your site and offer a premium experience to the mobile users.