3 Ways To Increase Load Time of your WordPress BlogSEO Tutorials | January 12th, 2010 | 1 Comment
We all end up into a site that we know has something that we do really want, and we wait for a second that page to load, and another second, yet one more second..and we end up giving up and move forward looking for another source that has what we need. Result? The website owner just lost a new visitors because of his extremely slow loading website. In essence, slow loading since do turn off visitors.
The latest news in the SEO industry tell that Google will give great value to faster loading sites, even in your Google webmaster tools under Labs you will be able to see how fast your site is. In essence, the faster a site loads the faster it will be crawled and indexed, also a fast loading site will prevent that visitors find a result on Google, wait for a longer time to load the site that they found, give up and go back to Google to perform another search, what this could mean for Google is that the site that the visitor found first (most likely in first page) does not have the needed information’s for which a visitor performed the search and yet it ranks in the first page (if their algorithm had brain it would move that site into deeper page, or at least..i would).
Why You Want to Decrease Load time
There are three main reasons why I find important to decrease the load time of my website, and they are
- Keep the visitors in my site (i don’t want them to give up and find another resource)
- Save as much as possible bandwidth on my server (for heavy traffic sites this could mean loads of money saved)
- Have the search engines crawl and index my site faster
Speed Up Your WordPress blog in 3 simple steps
Now that you know why I would want my wordpress blog to load faster let me show you three small tips that can be done and for how much you can decrease your blogs load time by simply implementing these three steps.
Optimizing My HTML Files
- 54K connection: 205.97
- ISDN 128K: 67.52
- T1 1.44Mbps: 11.71
now that is not a load speed I would be happy with. Not being happy with that load time I had to check my HTML and make sure there aren’t any unnecessary codes like comments or even empty space between HTML codes. Once I cleaned up my code from all the empty spaces and the unnecessary HTML comments (which I didn’t needed at all) the load speed of my site changed into this:
- 54K Connection: 190.63
- ISDN 128K: 61.85
- T1 1.44Mbps: 9.93
very well no? Well i wasn’t satisfied so i wanted to decrease the load time even more, so what I did was…
Optimizing My Images with Smush.it
With the smush.it plugin I saved around 15% of the overall size from all the images and after I smush’ed my images the load time of my site decreased into this:
- 54K connection: 171.06
- ISDN 128K: 55.85
- T1 1.44Mbps: 9.41
- 56K connection: 160.17
- ISDN 128K: 52.11
- T1 1.44Mbps: 8.54
Impressive no? Now my site load time dropped to 8.44 seconds from a heavy 11.71 (more then 3 seconds gained). There are few more times that can be done to decrease your website load time but since I haven’t tested them yet I won’t mention them (perhaps I will update this post with the results). There are other factors that influence the load time of your website, such your web hosting. There is a good list of hosting comparison here at Astrit’s blog.
Now that you finished reading these 3 simple ways how you can decrease the load time of your site, go over and apply these techniques to your wordpress blog and come back, let me know about your results (I am eager to know), then tell your friends about it so they can benefit too. How much seconds did you gained?