Does Your Website Load Slow? Here’s 8 Steps to Take Right Now.

Does Your Website Load Slow? Here’s 8 Steps to Take Right Now.

1. Run your website through site speed test tools

Resources online allow you to learn more about your website’s speed and optimization. These insights provide a helpful starting point to understand what is currently happening on your website, and how you can begin to make changes to improve your website.

Check out Our 2 Favorite website optimization performance sites:

Google Page Speed Insights – All roads lead to Google, so it’s important to see how Google sees you
GT Metrix – This is our favorite source for accurate insights and suggestions

What to look at on your site speed report

  • Load Time: As a general rule, if your site loads in less than 3 seconds you’re good.
  • Image Optimization: If you notice a large number of images are able to be optimize by a large percentage 50-99%, this is something you should definitely look into doing and is usually the biggest reason a website takes time to load
  • Server Optimization: Your host is responsible for making sure certain settings are enabled for better loading speed. If you see any issues in the site speed report related to hosting, ask your host how they can help you

2. Optimize your Images

One of the easiest ways to increase your website load speed is to optimize your images by reducing their size. You can do this within programs like Photoshop, or with plugins like WPSmush (if you have a WordPress website). When resizing your images you will want to make sure that they are only as large as they need to be for the size of the screen.
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