The number of options available for an online user in terms of websites is staggering. No user will waste an extra second for a website to upload if there are other options on the table. They will quickly shut down the tab on the browser and open another website.
In other words, to retain your competitive edge, you have to develop a website that uploads faster and yet does not compromise on quality of the content. You need high definition images, videos and other accessories but all of the heavy stuff should get uploaded in quick time. Sounds difficult? Here are some tips to make your website load faster:
- Content Delivery Network (CDN): A CDN ensures that there are multiple servers offering your website to users. In simple terms, the server located closer to the user geographically offers the content. It cuts out the long route and ensures that your website gets to the end user in quicker time. The CDN with the least network loop will serve up the content and save precious seconds in the process. Also, no matter where your users are, they will get to your website in equally quick time.
- Lesser HTTP Blocks: Cut down on the number of HTTP requests made to your website to upload different accessories like images, Flash videos or style sheets. Instead of having different components as individual entities, merge them into a Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) framework so that the number of HTTP requests are minimized (CSS Sprite, Minify & Caching). This will have a strong effect on the upload time of your website.
- Lighter Images: This is one tip that many SEO firms shy away from. When you upload images on the website, optimize their size. It will not have an impact on the quality of the images. The format of the image has a lot of say in the size of the image. For example, a JPEG image is the lightest while a BMP or TIFF image has the highest weight. In terms of quality, both are almost equal. So why have a BMP or TIFF format image? Convert it into JPEG. It will make your website sleeker and easier to upload.