Bloggers are often obssessed in making their blogs impressive and well-looking. In doing so, they resort in putting up or embedding different widgets and other sorts of external scripts to satisfy their goals. But as a well-rounded and viewers-friendly blogger, he/she should take into consideration the site’s loading time in the part of the viewer. Some viewers might be quite impatient especially if the site/blog is very heavy and loads slowly. If that is the case, viewers / readers might move to another site instead or, more worst, opt not to visit your site anymore. This would result to traffic loss and poor rating. Hence, a good blogger should make sure that his/her site loads fast as much as possible.
Generally, internet users have varied connection types and speeds. So how does this affect a blog owner/publisher? Well, as a blogger, you may think your blog loads quickly when viewed on your own computer but you should also be aware that your visitors may be using different (and possibly slower) connections to access your pages. Those using dial-up will undoubtedly be used to slower page loading times than visitors who have DSL access. This is another concern that a blogger should put into top priority.
So, how can I reduce my site’s loading time? Here are just some tips to faster loading:
#1 Tip: Know first how quickly/slowly your site loads using free Web Tools.
You can visit www.websiteoptimazation.com for this concern. This site makes a thorough analysis of your site’s loading time. It also offers recommendations as to what specific aspects in your blog that needs to be improved or maintained. All you need to do is visit the site, encode your site URL then press submit.
After the analysis is done, try to scan the whole report. In the lower portion of the report, just before it ends, you will see the “Analysis and Recommendations” section. I guess, this is the most important section that you should look at since it displays the critical portion/s in your site.
- The sections highlighted in green are the areas of the site which have optimal performance, and do not need to be changed.
- The sections highlighted in yellow are not critical, but could be optimized for better loading times.
- Those sections highlighted in red demonstrate areas which really slow down page loading time, and are top of the list for immediate optimization!
Other tips for faster site loading:
1. Remove any widgets/scripts you don’t really need
2. Try to reduce the amount of images you use in your layout
3.Reduce the file size of your images
4. Simplify your CSS
5. Optimize the placement of scripts/widgets in your template
6. Reduce the number of posts which appear on your front page
The aim of a fast-loading blog is to ensure your pages load in a reasonable time for all connection types. Following those tips I have enumerated above would be a great help. If you have some questions or recommendations regarding this post, feel free to leave a comment here. Happy blogging!