Make the Web Faster

Faster Loading Web Page

Fast loading web pages lead to higher visitor engagement, retention, and conversions. This is proven by the usability tests and research data straight from Google. As you would agree that it  makes perfect sense, because a typical searcher is accustomed to get lighting fast results when searching Google. So the next interaction the searcher has is visiting your webpage, and if the user keeps waiting and waiting for your web page to load, well, he or she is not going to wait, instead go back to Google and search again.

Google suggests that on average web pages take 10 seconds to load (that’s snail pace) and Google suggests that 3 seconds is the maximum time its users wait before they get frustrated.

Why is this critical for your website?

Because each time a search is conducted, Google records that interaction (this is called the bounce rate in your Google Analytics). Your aim should be to provide a great user experience. Web page load time improvements are one aspect which you are in total control over to provide better user experience.

If you’ve done your keyword research and all the other on page seo elements are optimized, now you can use page speed optimization techniques so that your web pages load faster.

Simple Web Page Improvement Techniques

  • Minify, Externalize and or Group CSS or JS files: because when you minify, externalizing and grouping CSS and JS files will make your web page size smaller, also your website doesn’t need to send unnecessary http requests to the server each time a visitor requests different landing pages.
  • Optimize your images: if you have Adobe Photoshop (or you can even use open source image manipulation programs like ) you can experiment with Photoshop settings under File > Save for Web & Devices and optimize images used on your website. You can even try online tools which can assist you to
  • Rethink your HTML code: even though you need all that you see on your web page, take a look at under-the-hood of your web page, and see if there are any empty redundant code. Because most theme designers ignore the implications of great coding and at times they use empty tags to style content. Visit your webpage > Press Control+U on your keyboard > Take a look at the Code to see if there are Empty tags. For example:

<div></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <span>&nbsp;</span>

  • Basically if you see any code as above on your website’s source code, remove them, if not at least use CSS to style your content
  • Utilize caching: why not utilize the technology at hand, because website optimization is just that, utilizing current WWW technologies to your advantage. Therefore, at least understand the basics of and use it wherever possible. If you are using WordPress there are many caching plugins
Faster Loading Web Page Optimization

Improvement Tips for WordPress Sites

Usually, most of the default PHP code in the <head> section (can be found in wp-content/themes/header.php file) makes dynamic calls which can be served as static content

<html <?php language_attributes(); ?>><head>
<meta charset="<?php bloginfo( 'charset' ); ?>">
<link rel="pingback" href="<?php bloginfo( 'pingback_url' ); ?>">
</head>

Simply locate the code above and replace it to be static version like so:

<html lang="en-US"><head>
<meta charset="UTF-8"><!-- if your site is using UTF-8 encoding -->
<link rel="pingback" href="https://www.rankya.com/xmlrpc.php"> <!-- change the domain name to match your own -->
</head>

Although PHP is a fast processing script, sending 3 less HTTP requests is better. And you can probably find other areas of your code to optimize as well.

What Else Can You Do for Website Optimization?

Reconsider Using Plugins the power of WordPress as Content Management System is within the available plugins, with few clicks of a mouse button you can install new plugins that can do all sorts of stuff and really help you create stunning looking websites.

However, at times, you can accomplish similar results to those plugins using other methods (perhaps a simple manual addition of PHP code etc.) either way, always consider shopping around for better plugins which are coded much cleaner, and those that do not create many scripts just so that you can use the plugin. Because each new script the plugin relies on, is an extra burden on your web page load times.


Advanced Techniques: there are many htaccess file directive for better content delivery. Including Cross Origin and even prefetch some resources. I sites, it will allow you to use simple server directives using .htaccess file (insights in that video are suitable for most WordPress setups). Or at least check out HTML5 Boilerplate’s .htaccess keep in mind to test each directive you use and always backup your website before tweaking .htaccess file.

Google’s PageSpeed insights and recommendations are for more technical website owners:  its worth checking out.

Mobile Mobile Mobile is the Google World We Are Living In

50% searches conducted on Google network is performed using mobile devices. That’s HUGE. That’s why we are living in , it is critically important to optimize your website so that it is fast loading as possible on mobile devices because that affects your Google rankings both on mobile and also desktop search rankings.

Using Google Analytics?

I just got a hold of this below code which you can also add anywhere on your Google Analytics Tracking code to get more data on user-timing
if (window.performance) {
var timeSincePageLoad = Math.round(performance.now());
ga('send', 'timing', 'pageloadtiming', 'load', timeSincePageLoad, 'customtime');
}

Apart from what’s shared above, you can invest in better servers with higher resource allocation (such as more CPU and RAM just like your computer, faster the parts, faster the performance) with SSD and even your very own Virtual Private Server with dedicated IP where you do not have to share server resources with other site owners.

What do you think? Do you know other ways to optimize page load times? Simply comment.

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Author: RankYa

RankYa: Online Entrepreneur, Web Developer, Google AdWords and Google Analytics Certified Professional. Specialist in: SEO, Website Optimization, WordPress, Structured Data, JSON-LD, Microdata, Microformats, RDF, Schema.org Vocabulary, HTML5, Advanced Image Optimization, Google Webmaster Tools, Google Webmaster Guidelines, Social Media Marketing, Facebook marketing and YouTube video ranking mastery.

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