Can I Make My Site Faster?

What can you do? There are many different things that you can do to make you site faster, but what are the main things that you should start with? Well if you have a slow site you really should have an expert such as a web developer take a look at it, as they know what they are doing. Why? Because, a site can be slow for many different reasons such as because of your stylesheets, your javascript, your hosting company, the amount of images you have on the site. There are many different ways to change these things up to make your site faster for the end user.

The first thing you have to do is find out what is making your site slow in the first place. If you have no clue on how to do this, find tools that will tell you your issues. For instance if I was going to make my site faster for instance, I use Firefox as my main browser and it has many different tools/plugins that you can tell needs to be changed. So, open up your browser and download the Firefox plugins Firebug and YSlow. Firebug really doesn’t help with making your site faster but it is a great tool if you are trying to learn things about coding. With YSlow you can test your site and see what is making your site so slow. It grades everything involved with your site. The only problem with this is if you don’t understand what it is telling you then it really won’t help you. That is why it is sometimes better to get someone else, who knows what they are doing, to make your site faster for you.

What I Would Do

The first thing would be to go into YSlow and see what is causing your site to be so sluggish. If you aren’t using Firefox there is a lot of different tools all over the internet that you can use. Here is a good place to start Faster Web Page.

How Old Is Your JavaScript Files

If it was a javascript issue then I would minimize the amount of javascript that is being used and compress it so that the browser can read it faster. Having multiple javascript and/or old javascript files will make your site load much slower than having them up to date and compressed into one file or maybe two.

What About My Stylesheets

If it is a stylesheet issue then I would combine as many stylesheets into one as I could and compress them also. I find that the best thing to do is to have a compressed file and another copy of the file that is not compressed. That way if you need to make changes it is easy to change. Then you just make a new compressed file.

How Many Images Do I Have

If there is an image issue then I will take a look at what images are on the site and how large they are. Some persons don’t know that if you are making an image for the internet, and you don’t have a auto compression system in place then your image is going to be huge, most of the times. This will slow down the browser a ton. The best thing to do is to save the images ready for web. If you don’t know how to do that then we can go back to YSlow and they have a great tool that will do it for you. If you go under tools at the bottom you will see All Smush.it. This compresses your images down to there compression rating and then lets you save them to your computer and all that you have to do next is upload them to your site.

Who Is My Host

My last and most important issue for most sites is who you have hosting your site. If your site is slow because of the company that is hosting it then you need to go somewhere else. For instance some really good companies to buy a server from are Hostmonster, Bluehost, Hostgator and many more. But some persons are getting hosted from neighbors, friends or uncles. What kind of hosting do you think that is. If you are not looking to spend the money to buy a server for your self you can find companies that can host your site for you at reasonable prices. For instance my company Chosen has different hosting packages. Our lowest is $25 a month which includes support and up to 3 emails. We have servers from Hostmonster. They are in my opinion the best hosting company out there. They have the best support and they have very little to none down time.

Final Thoughts

So that were a few different things that you should check into if you have a slow site. If none of these work for you 9 times out of 10 your site is too large, and, you need to think about a remake or paying someone to go through and tell you what need to be done to make the site faster. Your site should be updated about every couple of years if not every year. This doesn’t mean a new design to the site. No this means having someone go into the code of the site and optimize whatever they can to bring your site up-to-date.

About Shane

Hi I am Shane the main author of this blog. I am a self taught web developer. I have been working in this industry since 2008. I work a lot with WordPress, Magento, SEO & SEM, and custom built websites. I love all sports and I will try anything at least twice.

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