As an active internet user, one of the things that makes me feel frustrated is that if you open a website and load it really long. If not necessary, I really like to close the website immediately, and change to open another website.
Incidentally, I also manage several websites, and I don’t want the website speed to be one thing that I must pay attention to.
Just imagine, we’ve optimized it in such a way that the blog goes to the first page on Google. But it turns out that visitors will not enter the website, just because the speed of our website or blog is very slow. Better if just a blog, if the website is selling? of course the loss is quite tolerable.
Website or blog owners often don’t optimize the speed of their websites. Usually because it’s limited in technical skills (I’m one of them).
Now in this article I write about how to speed up the website. Things you can find in this article:
- The importance of website speed
- How to speed up loading a newbie-style website
- Another reference for more technical matters
You can jump directly to how to speed up loading by clicking on the link above.
IMPORTANCE OF WEBSITE SPEED
The importance of website speed for online success, I think we must pay attention. Apart from our visitors coming from search engines, or from social media, every visitor must hope that the link he clicks can open quickly. If it’s slow, run away looking for another website.
Already a lot of explanation about the importance of website loading speed. One of them from Google itself in 2018 yesterday.
As reviewed by Neil Patel. 53% of visitors who use smartphones leave the website loading above 3 seconds. The problem is, now most visitors use smartphones to browse the internet. Surely this can’t be ignored?
Like it or not we have to try as much as possible so that web pages on personal sites or online sales sites can be opened quickly.
HOW TO SPEED UP LOADING WEBSITE
Note; How to speed up loading a website written here based on the optimization capabilities of my website that is still makeshift. If you need something more technical or advanced, I will write down the source of the reference later.
1. Website / Blog Speed Test
The first thing I do is check the speed of your website or blog first. This is done so that we have a picture of the results before and after the optimization process is done later.
The problem is, often the results of each website speed test tool above have different results. Then which one do we choose?
If I choose only the most commonly used ones; Gtmetrix and Pingdom. The rest is for comparison only.
What I see is in the Fully Loaded Time column (in Gtmetrix) and the Load Time column (in Pingdom tools).
Please also see the details of the test results. In Gtmetrix you can find results and optimization recommendations in the color column. In Pingdom Tools, it’s a rating in letters.
2. Check the Plugins Used
I often see blogs that use lots of plugins. It’s OK if you really need it, and the plugin doesn’t make the website heavy. So it’s a problem if many of the plugins are actually not needed, the functions overlap, or not good enough.
We can delete other plugins that are inactive / not used.
For the record, also see the function needed is already there in the plugin that has been installed?
For example, the sitemap plugin. We don’t need to install anymore because the sitemap function is available in almost all SEO plugins. Another example is the redirect plugin, we can delete it because it already exists in SEO plugins such as Rank Math.