6 Easy Ways To Increase Website Speed Quickly.

Website speed has become an essential part of ranking in the search result and is critical to your site's overall reputation. Falling to improve or maintain slow website speed can lead to potential customers/viewers looking elsewhere for the product/information your website already has so it's important to know how to improve the speed of your website. 

But before that let me clear the following concept so that you get to the roots of the topic.
  • what is page speed?
  • why it's important to increase website speed?
  • why your website is slow?

what is page speed?

page speed or webpage speed is the amount of time it takes for a visitor to see the first byte of your website page from their computer or mobile it can be measured by Page Speed Insight  (a free tool by google)

why is it important to increase website speed?

Increasing website speed can have a number of benefits one of the most important benefits is increasing your conversion rates which will make you more sales,
                    less waiting time - more sales
According to the 2017 state of site speed statics report, nearly 60% of consumers say they would have an easier time finding a product or service if a website loads in less than 2 seconds.

why your website is slow?

your website is slow because of the following factors, uncompressed files, cache, and database, hosting server load time many more 

here are the 6 most known issues your website is slow because of and the solution is given as well that can quickly increase your website speed.

1. Enable Compression.

The easiest way to reduce website load time and speed up your website is to compress it. Mostly Gzip is used for this purpose as it's the most popular and good software for it.

Gzip is a file format and software application that essentially locates strings of similar code in your text files, then temporarily replaces them to make your file look smaller.
This work well with CSS and HTML, because these have repeated code and white space. 90% of  today's internet traffic travel through a browser that supports Gzip 
To check if your website is enabled with Gzip go on check Gzipcompression and simply place your URL it will show you something like this.

If it's not enabled on your WordPress website you can use the WP rocket plugin it supports enabling Gzip and if your website is static HTML, then you have to put code in the .htaccess file in order to enable Gzip the exact code you need depends on your server.

2. Optimize Images.

Optimizing images can really affect your website speed usually images take more time to load so if you optimize them in the right file format you can increase the speed of your side loading.
If you have a WordPress website then there is a plugin called optimizer which after you enabled it, will automatically optimize all the images on your website.
But if you have a blogger website then there are many online image optimizers that will optimize your images free of cost you just have to upload your image there and they will give you the optimized image.
Another method is to use CSS sprites to create a template for images that you use frequently on your websites like buttons or icons.
CSS sprites combine your images into one large image that loads all at once (which means fewer HTTP requests) and display only the section that you want to show this means you are saving load time by not making users wait for multiple images to load.

3. Minify HTML, CSS, and Javascript.

Minifying a file involves removing unnecessary formatting, white space, and code. A quick and easy way to minify your coding files is to change your " Media" folder style sheet to ".css" or ".js". this will then compress your CSS and Javascript file and if you find that yet another browser does not support this method of compressing JS/CSS then you can convert it using the command line tool "CSS min".
But if you have a word press website then the method is way easier for you just install "WP rocket" which is a WordPress plugin after installing it go to "Static File" tab and check the file you want to minify and combine.
This can include HTML, CSS, and Javascript files as well as google fonts. 
Then hit " save change" to complete the process you can reload your page again to see the impact that your change made.

4. Minify HTTP Requests.

Minifying your HTTP requests will increase your website speed, the reason behind this is that the HTTP  header help to prioritize the response of the user, so the less the header, the faster page will load for the user.
how to minimize HTTP requests?
if you are using chrome then you have free access to the google developer tool where you can see how many HTTP requests your site is making.
Now right-click on the page you want to analyze and click "inspect" then click the "network" tab, after that the "name" column shows all the files on the page, and the "size " column shows the size of each file, and the "time" column shows in how much time you're each file loads.
In the Bottom left, you will see the number of requests your site makes, reduce these numbers to speed up your site.

5. Eliminate Unnecessary Plugin.

If you have a WordPress website then you must have many plugins installed and in fact, out of them, many aren't in your use these plugin reduces your website speed and create issues. therefore it's a smart idea to minimize the number of plugins.
first, disable all the plugins then enable them one by one, and after you enable one plugin check the website speed through page insight some plugin increases the speed some will decrease those who decrease find an alternate plugin to it with the same function but well optimize.

6. Enable Browser Caching.

Browser caching is a way to make your website faster without spending money on more bandwidth or storage. There are several ways to enable browser caching on your website like the use of a cache manifest file ( a simple text file that lists the resources the browser should cache for offline access)
Also, a browser cache is a local copy of your webpage that the browser can access to provide some benefits.
How does browser caching work?
first, the site asks the webserver to send out the HTML and Javascript, but it doesn't immediately respond. Second, while waiting for the response from the webserver your computer will send information about what kind of mobile device you're browsing on instead to ensure that it has smartly optimized content for you. third, after receiving this information, it will return this cached version of the page back to you to again improve speed and response time.

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