7 Tips To Improve Web Page Load Time
With the increasing focus on Google’s Site Speed Algorithm, the following are 7 tips to improve web page load time, proven techniques well known websites use to boost their site speed.
Enable Gzip Compression
While compressing pages adds just a tad to your web server’s overhead, it will reduce bandwidth and transmission time and make pages appear to load faster for your users. Gzip is a open source compression algorithm that can be used to compress the content of your website before your the web server sends data to a client browser. You can learn how to enable Gzip in Apache here.
Use A Content Distribution Network (CDN)
A CDN is a system of interconnected servers around the glove, that distribute content and assets around among them to reduce the distance between a server and a client’s browser. They are commonly used by large media web sites, such as Youtube and Break. You can find a list of free CDNs here.
Take advantage of image compression and reduce the size of photos and graphics on you site dramatically. Never use a raw bitmap (.bmp) on your site, instead save photos as JPEG and graphics as PNG. Smaller images tend to be ok with a smaller quality setting, while large photos should be high to enjoy.
Avoid Using Redirects
While redirects can be very useful, it’s important to remember that implementing them forces your web server to do slightly more work per applicable request. Always avoid redirect strings (301 -> 301 -> 200 or even worse 301 -> 302 -> 200) and use these tools only when no other alternatives are available.
Use Fewer Files