What to do when your website is slow: The quick fix guide

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Websites are one of the main ways businesses reach their customers or users. If you have a website and it’s slow, that’s a problem – users find slow websites frustrating and often won’t stay on them for long. Slow websites are also the #1 reason why people abandon sites and don’t come back again—even if they liked what they saw. In this blog post, we will look at some common reasons why websites tend to be slow – as well as solutions to those issues.

Check your site with Gtmetrix

Gtmetrix is a free website speed testing service that monitors the performance of your website by running a series of tests. Gtmetrix is great for identifying what is slowing down your page load time – and giving you tips on how to speed things up. You can see the overall page speed of your website, as well as a breakdown by different factors. For each factor, it will show you a colour-coded graph, showing you whether that factor is helping or hurting your page speed. It will also tell you how much you can improve that factor, and provide you with helpful tips and links on how to do that. You should aim for an “A” grade with a loading time of 2-4 seconds.

Choose the correct size and type of image

Images are an important part of any website, and they make your site look great. But they can also be one of the biggest bottlenecks on your website. The larger the image is, the longer it will take to load. If your images are huge and take ages to load, visitors will get annoyed and impatient. If your images are small and load quickly, they will look good and be great for your readers. To save on bandwidth costs and loading times, the best way to go is to choose the correct size and type of images for your websites. Image type : JPEG vs PNG : Which one to use depends on the content of your image – if it has transparency and has a lot of solid colours, you should use a PNG image; if it looks like a photograph, you should use a JPEG image. Image size : The appropriate image size depends on the dimensions of your website – for example, if your website is 1200 px wide, you should never use an image size of over 1200 px. In general large banner images should be less than 400kb and general images should be around 50-100kb.

Choose your plugins wisely

Plugins are a great way to add functionality to your website and make it more worthwhile for your readers. But some plugins are heavier than others, and will slow down your website. Once you’ve chosen your plugins, check the load times of each plugin on your website and make sure they’re not slowing down your pages. There are a few ways to do this. The easiest way is to use a plugin like W3 Total Cache, which will show you how much each plugin is slowing down your website. Another way is to use Google Chrome and go to the “Timeline” tab. This will show you the load time for each page of your website.

Don’t load unnecessary code

Some code is necessary for every website and will help your site perform better. However, some code may be slowing down your site and not be necessary for your website. Using a code inspector can help you find information about your site and where the unnecessary code is located. You can do this by using the “Inspect” tool in Google Chrome. This will allow you to look through all the code on your website and see if any of it is unnecessary and slowing down your site.

Use fast website hosting

Website hosting is what supports your website and makes it available online. There are four main types of hosting: cloud hosting, dedicated hosting, virtual private servers (VPS), and shared hosting. There are two important things to consider when choosing a hosting plan. The first is how much traffic your website gets. The more traffic your site gets, the more powerful server you will need. The second thing to consider is how much data storage your website uses.

What to do when your website is slow

A slow website can be a real turn off for new visitors. In fact, 69% of consumers expect a website to load within 2 seconds or less. If your site takes longer than that to load, it could be costing you potential customers. It can be a time-consuming and frustrating process to fix these problems for the untrained. Our website design and web development experts can problem solve your slow loading website and fix the errors. Give us a call today on 0403 196 225.

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