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How to Cut Down on Website Loading Time?

Last Updated 2013-06-14 - 08:24:34 (CET)
Want to reduce the loading time of your website? You've reached the right page. This post will show you how you can obtain a website that load faster than you could ever have imagined.

Before we peep in the ways to increase the loading speed of your website, it is essential to understand first the significance of owing a fast website. Let's get our knees down on several important statistics: Largest share of the smart phone users leave a website if it doesn't get loaded in 3 seconds; more than 75% of web users acknowledged the fact that they would leave the website and not return back to it ever if it takes more than 4 seconds to upload.

Having a website isn't the end of the world. If you want to stay visible and survive in this era of the internet, you must ensure that your website doesn't take longer, more than 4 seconds, to load.

Here are 7 ways you can ensure a fast loading website:

Use Image Compressor

Replace all uncompressed images of your website with the compressed version of the images. Use the default image compressor embraced in Google's page speed plugin.

Scale Images

You can scale images using Photoshop by keeping the same pixel dimensions as in your HTML code. Scaling is essential to avoid server lag needed for resizing the images.

Leverage from Browser Cache Copy

Browsers store a cache copy of static resources. Add relevant code in .htaccess file to enable caching. This will increase the loading speed of website considerably and cut down server lag.

Integrate Images into CSS Sprites

Incorporate images into CSS sprites to reduce the number of images available for loading on a given web page. Simply put, CSS sprites are a large image that comprises of several small images. Integrating 5 small images to create a single CSS sprint is indeed a great way to speed up your website loading process.

Defer JavaScript Parsing

If you have placed JavaScript at the beginning of an HTML document, it may slow down the page loading by blocking page rendering. Thus, it is wise to call these scripts at the end of the document and defer parsing of JavaScript. You can also achieve this by using the defer attribute in the HTML code, as shown below:

Compress HTML, CSS and JavaScript

You may compress or minify HTML, CSS and JavaScript to reduce the loading delay. You will find a plenty of resources on the internet that will help you minify these files.

Combine CSS and JavaScript Files

A typical custom CMS website with plugins and theme features has over 15 CSS and JavaScript files. If you combine all these files to create one large file, you can tremendously increase the loading speed of the website.

Considering these tips, you can almost halved your website loading time. If you want to build or restore your website to ensure it meets the international consumption trends of users, hire a web designer from a professional web design company in India.

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