6 tips to – Make your blog load faster

How to make your website load faster

No one wants to visit a website that takes minutes to load. According to a study, most people will not view and spend time on your website or blog if it takes more than 10 – 15 seconds to load. If you make your website fast there are chances that you can increase your traffic. You will find lots of tips on the web related to making your website load time faster, many of them will give you silly codes (silly because they harm the on-page-SEO of your website) to put in your websites template.

If you really want to make your website try these tips.

Remove those PC speed calculating widgets and toolbars 

PC speed calculator

I have noticed that many websites have widgets like –

  • PC speed calculator
  • IP address locator
Remove them as they use Flash content (PC speed calculator use Flash graphic meters or heavy recurring algorithm’s) or they run large bits of program every time someone visits your website (IP address locators use cookies, redirections, or send multiple request to the server). If you will remove them there are chances that you will make your website faster by 5 to 7 seconds or even more if you are using many of such widgets.

Don’t use too many separate CSS or JavaScript files

Cascading Style Sheets

Having too many separate CSS or JavaScript files will slow down your website. Therefore I suggest you to merge all the CSS files in one and all the script files in one if technically possible. If you do so and merge them, you will not only be able to reduce your websites loading time by few seconds, but you will also be able to prevent your website from loading into different parts one-by-one.

Correct the markup errors on your website 

 

Markup errors confuse the system and the server and thus can slow down your website. Now you must be thinking of finding all the errors in your code one-by-one manually, right? Don’t waste your time in that you can easily find all the markup errors and warning using W3C’s official service.

Inline images? Combine them in your stylesheets 

inline images

According to a source, Inline images use the data: URL scheme to embed the image data on your website, this will increase the size of your HTML document not only affecting the load time but also decreasing the Text-to-HTML ratio of your website (which you must be knowing is bad for SEO). Combining inline images into your stylesheets is a way to reduce HTTP request and avoid increasing the size of your website.

Put stylesheets at top and scripts at bottom

I found this tip on Yahoo Developers webpage. It says that –

While researching performance at Yahoo!, we discovered that moving stylesheets to the document HEAD makes pages appear to be loading faster. This is because putting stylesheets in the HEAD allows the page to render progressively.Front-end engineers that care about performance want a page to load progressively; that is, we want the browser to display whatever content it has as soon as possible. This is especially important for pages with a lot of content and for users on slower Internet connections. The problem caused by scripts is that they block parallel downloads. The HTTP/1.1 specification suggests that browsers download no more than two components in parallel per hostname. If you serve your images from multiple hostnames, you can get more than two downloads to occur in parallel. While a script is downloading, however, the browser won’t start any other downloads, even on different hostnames.

Keep components under 25K

 iphones in America
If you have a website that is targeted to the USA or if you want to increase your traffic from the USA, you should definitely try this trick. Most people in America own iPhones (3 out of 4) and this restriction is related to the fact that iPhone won’t cache components larger than 25K this is the reason that minification is important because gzip alone won’t be enough.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR – 

Apurva Nagar is a 14 year old tech blogger from India. He is the co-founder and CEO of Electric Web. You can follow him on Facebook and Google+. To contact send a mail.
Howdy! I’m Apurva Nagar a Blogger, Technology Geek, and Coding Enthusiast. I simply love anything related to computer science. I am the Founder and Admin. of Electric Web – An online tech. magazine for geeks.

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