7 Quick Speed Optimizations For Your Blog
Discover seven easy to implement speed optimisations for your blog
WHY IS SITE SPEED IMPORTANT FOR YOUR BLOG?
Have you ever landed on a blog post or website and it takes so long to load that you leave the site? Yep, me too! Your visitors hate slow websites as it affects their user experience and Google hates it too! In fact, site speed is one of the elements Google considers when it ranks your blog so you want it to be as fast as possible!
Go to GT Metrix.com and plug in your blog URL. GTMetrix will then analyse your website and tell you your Page Speed Score – if it’s an A that’s great, if its an F you have some work to do!
CHECK YOUR SITE SPEED
The biggest culprit of a slow running site is image size so you need to resize images. Resize to 300-500kb before you load them or use ShortPixel plugin to optimise your images for all screen sizes.
RESIZE YOUR IMAGES
Install a caching plugin which will store information on your website so it’s ready to go for website visitors and can be sent to them as fast as possible. Use a plugin like WP Rocket which does the work for you!
INSTALL A CACHING PLUGIN
A CDN will automatically make copies of your website all over the world, so it can send your website from the closest location to your visitor. Cloudflare can do this for you!
USE A CDN
YOUR BLOG THEME
SWITCH OFF PLUGINS
Select a quality web hosting provider
Choose a fast and light blog theme
Turn off plugins when not in use
Make sure to check your site speed every month by running it through GTMetrix. As you add new blog content, pages, plugins or widgets you may find your site speed declines. By checking every month (or week!) you can make sure you are always correcting any issues and keeping your website in Googles good graces!
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