If your website was built a few years ago you will probably have noticed that it is starting to slow up a little, or a lot depending on the size of your site. There are many reasons for this but most of it can be put down to the amount of data that is on your site. If pages are slow to load then visitors will get fed up waiting and simply move to another site, so it is imperative that your site is efficient and fast. Here are some tips that you can do yourself that will help speed up your website.
Reduce and Combine Files
Speed Up Loading Time
A big part of making your website faster is the loading time that your pages take, but many people overlook a key part of this and that is the time it takes for your website to begin to start loading. This is commonly known as TTFB (Time to First Byte). Basically this is the time that is taken for a browser to wait before getting its first response from the server. There is a recommendation from Google that this should be no more than 200ms. This can be speeded up using developers tools and is really quite straightforward.
Reduce Server Response Time
The DNS (domain name system) lookup for your site is directly responsible how fast your site loads, it is the connection between your site and the server. When a user types in a URL into their favorite browser, the DNS server then translates this information into an IP (Internet Protocol) address that gives its location. It is like your computer is looking through a phone book for the right number and information. To solve this issue if you have slow response times may need the switching of your DNS provider.
When you first set up your new website you will probably want to keep costs down, and many people opt for the cheapest hosting they can get. But this is really false economy, especially when traffic builds up and your site gets more popular.
There are three options when looking at hosting:
- Dedicated Server
- VPS Hosting
- Shared Hosting
As you would think shared hosting is by far the cheapest but remember you are sharing resources with other sites. In the case of VPS, the hosting is still shared but you have a dedicated amount of resources. Finally, a dedicated server is the best but most expensive form of hosting. There are numerous other ways to speed your website up, and sometimes it is hard finding where to start. But it is important that you place a peg in the ground and start somewhere.