7 Easy Ways to Improve your Site Speed

Site speed can be tricky and there are so many things that can slow down your website. Nobody wants to have a slow website as it does not only decrease user experience but could also potentially hurt your SEO ranking.

Now, with this post, I don’t want to go into much detail or focus on anything too technical. In many cases, hiring a professional would definitely be beneficial if you really want your website to be as fast as can be. But there are still some things that you can easily fix by yourself to at least see some small improvements in your website speed.

To see if any of these implementations are successful, it is a good idea to check your site speed before and after you implement any of these changes. I’d recommend GTMetrix and Google Page Speed Insight to track your site speed. So here are 7 easy site speed fixes!

1. Reduce Image Size

Images can take up so much space and really slow down your website. Make sure to reduce image sizes before uploading them to your blog. Depending on which formats your site supports, you can also make sure to choose a format that takes up less space in general. Use websites such as tinypng to reduce file size. That isn’t just the case for photos in your posts, but you should also not forget about images in your sidebar, logos or cover images.

2. Use Lazy Loading

Lazy Loading assures that your pictures don’t all load at once, but load slowly once a user starts scrolling down your site. Of course this is optional as I understand that some users don’t want this feature enabled on their website.

However, lazy loading can help increase your website speed, as not all images need to be loaded for the user to start using your website. Depending on your hosting provider, you can usually find an option for lazy loading in your website settings. But you can also look for a plug-in that enables lazy loading.

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3. Unload all unnecessary plug-ins

Talking about plug-ins, some of these can really slow down your website. To identify which ones impact your page, analyse your page speed with GTMetrix and check out the waterfall analysis tab. This will give you a good overview of how long certain plug-ins need to load on your page. Delete the ones you don’t really need or use any more, or see if you can find alternatives.

4. Delete drafts, backup’s, and deleted posts

You don’t need to keep updated backups or deleted posts if you don’t need them any more. Make sure to clean out old content every now and then. If you update your posts occasionally, you will have multiple drafts of your post saved. Make sure to delete earlier versions and revisions of your work, as these can affect your page loading time.

5. Minimise redirects

Minimise redirects to your website and fix any broken links. You can use the software Screaming Frog to check for redirects and change them on your website if necessary. For example, if you are linking to a website that has since changed its domain, that will cause a redirect which then helps to slow down your website. Crawling your website with screaming frog is free for up to 500 pages. You can also find lots of other useful information when crawling your website which can help you get your SEO on track. Find out where you are missing headings or which images don’t have Alt attributes.

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6. Deinstall Gravatar

With Gravatar, you can see the profile icons of users commenting on your blog. This plug-in, however, has really slowed down my site, so I deleted it, and it now only shows the name of the people that comment on my blog. If you don’t really care about profile pictures shown, I would recommend deinstalling Gravatar.

7. Use Google Page Speed Insights and GTMetrix for other recommendations

These are the two websites that I use to measure my page speed. They both also give you further recommendations about what to change on your website. Some things can be a little difficult, but a lot of changes you can also already implement by yourself.

Of course, there is a lot more that you can do. But I am definitely not an expert on site speed, so that’s another story. On my own website (my travel blog) I have implemented all of these changes and I have seen some results right away.

Of course there is a lot of improvement still, but I do hope you can at least see some tiny results by implementing these changes and improve your site speed.

Let me know in the comments how it went or if you have any more questions.

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