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8 Effective Tips To Make Your Website Fast and Effective!

04/06/2013
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There are two things that are very important while you are getting your website developed firstly its features and secondly the speed by which it’s every section gets uploaded. You really need to maintain a balance between the two which is of course a little bit tricky but not impossible. Here we are going to discuss about the some of the most effective tricks you can use to keep your site looking glossy without compromising its uploading speed.


However before we go ahead with the tricks first find out how fast is your site at present. For this you can take help from tools like page speed or Pingdom as they provide a rapid assessment of your site’s speed and performance on different browsers. Now when you know your website’s current performance lets go ahead and learn some tricks to make your website speed as faster as possible maintaining its slick look at the same time.Let me share a few primaries of them.

1) Web Hosting

First thing first a business web host must be fast and consistent and it should guarantee an uptime of 99.5% or higher. As a broad content delivery network is required to achieve fast response time, your web hosting provider must use it.

 

2) Spacious Website

Develop your website in a way that its navigation is easy and uniform throughout. Never include unnecessary drop-down menus and make sure the auxiliary pages of your website are accessible with a single click from your homepage. Besides animation or flash should have an opt-out attribute for users.

 

3) Trim down HTTP Requests

Merge scripts and CSS. The response times get considerably improved by consistent scripts and style-sheets. Not just that it becomes easier to fix the bugs and repair your website with them as everything is present at one place. Basically, if you want to get rid of code duplication decreasing load time further, you can effectively use this to do so.

 

4) Mingle Images

If you want to decrease the frequency of your DNS lookups, you can surely go ahead and put CSS sprites into operation in order to combine multiple images. Merge background image in to a single image and make use of CSS background image and background position properties to show the desired image segment. There are certain tools that make this task easier such as SpriteMe.


5) Optimize Images

The next step that you need to take is to optimize the images and alter them to occupy lesser space. Either optimize or remove the comments and other information which are not of much use such as the EXIF details in your images. Go ahead and run jpegtran on all the JPEGs. Verify whether your GIFs are using a palette size related to the number of colors in the image or not. While converting GIFs to PNGs you can also try ImageMagick and distinguish if you are able to save some space unless you are working with animation. Now you can run any PNG optimizer tool on all your PNGs for instance you can run Pngcrush here.

 

6) Style-sheets and JavaScript Placement

Your style-sheets should always be at the top of your web page for the browser to display the available content as soon as possible. Abiding by W3 standards, browsers can also obstruct rendering to keep away from redrawing page elements. Similarly, you should place your java script at the bottom of your page as they might obstruct anything else below on the initial loading page if are towards the top making the process slower than ever.

7) Keep your HTML cleaner

Go ahead and place the JavaScript and CSS in the external files in place of directly putting them in your HTML. This is how you take the advantage of caching and saving the upload time and also keeping your HTML cleaner which makes it easier to isolate potential problems.

8) No Redirects

Keep away from using 301 redirects. Even though directing several domain names to your site might seem useful but it directs browser to a new URL which slows down your page uploading speed.

Therefore, these were some of the effective tricks that you can make use of in order to speed up the uploading of your webs pages. See a slower site might seem irritating to the customer so never turn them off by making your site structure heavy and clumsy especially when it is possible to keep rich web features while maintaining the perfect speed. So if you want your customers to keep coming back to your website, you have to take up a great design with efficient coding.

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