If you are browsing the blogs and came across a blog which is loading slowly, trying to do too many things without giving you contents which you want to read. How long have you stayed on that blog?
Page Loading Speed
This is just a measure of how fast your page loads up while somebody is trying to visit the page. Page loading speed is important for SEO as well as for your readers.
It’s a known fact that SEO loves fast loading pages and give higher priority to them. The only reason for that is to offer a better experience for readers (nobody wants to wait in this fast paced web world).
But how can we make sure that our page loading speed is good?
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Last time when I wrote about How to optimize pages with Page Speed tool, I mentioned this can be one of the good tool to check your page loading speed and optimization of the page. Now I want to point out some basic things which helps in loading the page faster.
Image Optimization of Web
Everybody uses image for their blogs, but are you optimizing it for web pages? Image files has some extra data, which is not required for the web pages. We can strip off that data and save some bandwidth or data transfer while the page is loading.
It is really easy to do that, If you have the access to Adobe Photoshop or any other photo editing tool you can do that offline, just save that image in web optimized format. Otherwise there are some nice WordPress Plugins like WP Smush.it which can do the job for you.
The benefit is you save bandwidth and send less data for a page load, which results in faster page loading. The full gain you can calculate by multiplying your unique visitors to reduction size of images and you can simply see that it’s a huge gain.
Image Sizes are also plays an important part. Big Images will have little bigger size, which requires little more time to download.
But if you try to reduce it by the inbuilt feature from WordPress by just changing the display size then it will need more time. This means that each time a java script has to run to take the file and converts it into display format.
The better way is to use the image with the size which you want to display. So you need to decide what size you want to use for the images and make your images in the same size so you can stop that extra processing for the images.
Loading a big image and reducing the display size does not result in faster page loading, most of the time it increases the loading time.
Stop Running Extra JAVA Script
You can optimize your web page by checking if there is any plugin which is running the java scripts twice. These can be case because every author wants their plugin to be independent and include everything required by them. But because you load multiple plugins there can be some cases where your java script is already loaded and another plugin is loading it again.
A good example is your Facebook like button java script. How many plugin you use to show the like button on the page, are they loading the entire script each time.
I have Commentluv+ enabled on this blog, which supports Facebook like button, but I have another plugin which also provides a Facebook like button.
Commentluv+ has an option where I can stop it for loading the Facebook like scripts (neat feature as I only have to click an option to do this). I have enabled this and now its only loading the script once.
This does not mean that Commentluv+ will not be able to use Facebook like button, once the script is loaded it can be used anywhere in the page. So it still has full functionality but not delaying the loading of page by not loading a duplicate script.
Timing for Java Scripts
This is another important point, if you want to run some java script than try to make sure that its timing is correct. It is really important that it is not stopping your content to be loaded.
Once your content is loaded, you can run the java script. It might not change anything in terms of page loading speed, but will give a feeling of faster load time to your readers as they are able to see the contents.
This might need little technical knowledge as you have to change when you want to run the java scripts, but once you start doing these you will find these things easy.
These are some small tips for faster page loading time and requires active look at the changes on your blogs. What else you use to increase your page loading speed?