A website or application that loads quickly is everyone’s dream, users are happy with a fast website and developers are happy with the large number of visitors and increased revenue through advertising and collaboration with other parties because their website loads quickly.
Sometimes this is difficult to do, this is due to many factors, including hosting and the theme of the website itself.
Here are 5 ways to optimize and reduce load times for your website:
1. Initial load time
Initial load time is the time it takes from the time a user enters your site’s domain name to the moment they view your content is the most important few seconds you have to make a good first impression.
Amazon found that every 100 milliseconds of latency cost them 1% in sales.
Many web developers see this as a dream so they try to use inefficient themes, many plugins are added to add many features and increase security (through plugins like disable emoji, WP Hide Security, WP Hide Login and the like). Gradually as time went by, they started to see fewer user conversions and even lost lots of users.
Our advice, use the code snippet feature, which is to add a script for example to disable emojis in function.php, don’t forget to edit it in the child-theme so that the configuration is not lost when there is an update to the parent theme.
2. Calculate and measure the speed
The first thing you need to do is take measurements. There are many stages in the loading process, and you won’t know where the jam is without measuring the right segments.
The following is an explanation of Pagespeed:
Link is the website address that will be opened.
- Browser request your page
The browser accepts your request to open a website that you are going to.
- Response served
The website responds to browser requests.
- Response received
The website accepts browser requests (code 200 when the website is normal, 404, 500, 502 when the website has an error).
- First contentful paint (FCP)
First Contentful Paint (FCP) is a metric for measuring the time from when a page starts loading to when any part of the page content is rendered on the screen. For this metric, “content” refers to text, images (including background images) or elements.
- Large contentful pant (LCP)
The Largest Contentful Paint (LCP) metric reports the render time of the largest image or block of text visible in the viewport. (The viewport is the web area visible from both a mobile device and a computer).
- Time to Interactive (TTI)
Time to Interactive (TTI) is the amount of time it takes for web pages to become fully interactive.
A website is a collection of web pages that interact with its users, the load speed of the website is influenced by many factors including the FCP & LCP.
3. Use less code
After taking your measurements, you can start making optimizations. The optimization process will probably cost you a lot of time and effort, and the measurements will tell you which ones are feasible.
Using lots of inefficient plugins and themes will add lots of unused lines of code, of course this will affect website speed and make visitors lazy for a long time on your website.
The faster the website, the better. The conversion of visitors to customers increases. Ads through Adsense or other publishers increase with increasing subscribers. There are more and more offers of cooperation through advertising banners, content-placement or other media with other parties. In other words, your website is maximized for monetization.
4. Use a CDN
A Content Delivery Network (CDN) is a network of proxy servers and data centers that are geographically distributed. One of the goals of a CDN is to shorten website load times so that users with the closest CDN server can get to the website quickly. In addition, CDN can also save costs and server bandwidth quota used by the website.
There are CDNs specifically for JS & CSS cdnjs, CDNs specifically for images and videos such as Cloudinary, and CDNs that can distribute JSS, CSS, images and videos such as Bunnycdn, Imagekit, MaxCDN, Stackpath and others.
Judging by price, CDN is divided into 2, namely free and paid versions. Free CDN of course with some limitations including Cloudflare, Statically, Shift8 CDN, Imagekit and others. While paid CDN includes Bunnycdn Stackpath, MaxCDN, Cloudfront, Google CDN and others.
5. Use efficient cache
A cache is a hardware or software component that stores data so that future requests for that data can be served more quickly; cached data may be the result of previous calculations or a copy of data stored elsewhere.
Cache helps make websites and applications faster and more efficient because data is stored locally. In browsers, cached data is information that will make websites load faster because they can access data faster from local folders. For example, images on the homepage or blog site, can be relatively large, so caching these elements only needs to be downloaded once.
Using cache makes foobar.css load faster because it is stored locally on the user’s browser. It’s different when not using the cache, users have to re-download foobar.css every time they visit the website. And this will be very annoying because users will leave the website and look for other websites.
For WordPress users, use a good caching plugin. The best plugin right now is WP Rocket because it can significantly improve website performance. WP Rocket also has settings for a custom CDN and Cloudflare so those of you who are using Cloudflare can clear the Cloudflare cache from your WordPress dashboard.
These are 5 ways to reduce load time for your website, apart from the 5 factors above. Also note that the use of hosting also affects the performance and speed of the website. For references regarding hosting, VPS and cloud, please visit: https://Proapk.in
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