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Foundations to speed up a responsive website

Thursday, September 25th, 2014 by Servage

Lay Foundation to Increase Page Load SpeedResponsive websites with minimum load times are needed at the moment. Simple face-liftings are not enough to bring down load time considerably. In fact we need to perform a solid group of measures to reduce load-time, so let us see what can be done.

When developing a great website in terms of features, functionality, and user experiences a dependency on many plugins, extensions, and scripts pose a big threat to our website in sense of unexceptionally high load time. It may seem like the foundation of the site is increasingly rotten, as load times increase with every new feature or plugin added to the site. Developers blood pressure rises, and revamping the entire site seems inevitable. In such crisis, simply fixing surface scratches won’t save the day. We need to repair the foundation immediately.

Using an optimized theme helps improving load times

WordPress is a common example among developers. Over time the site becomes increasingly popular and suddenly the project starts falling apart, because there are significant problems turning load times into unacceptable length. The fundamentals of the problem are applicable to any plugin-based system. It is true that plugins and themes are great to quickly build a good look and feel, but excessive graphics/animations and non-optimized code are hazardous to loading times. Therefore I would like to suggest you use a custom built theme – or at least heavily consider each element in use by ready-made themes with tons of unnecessary elements. There is a great tool called Pingdom that may help you to check the theme demos for page speed loading before a final purchase.

Use a content delivery network

Content delivery networks can help loading common elements from your site much faster. You can for example get common libraries like jQuery, Bootstrap etc. loaded from such CDN’s, which will help users getting better loading speeds, because they usually have these resources cached (and if not, then speedily loaded from the CDN).

Remove obstructive plugins or extensions

There are many unnecessary plugins in modern websites which are causing delay in loading of the web page. Therefore carefully examine such plugins, and reevaluate if you really need them. Many dependencies are often loaded, but really not needed – or just needed on certain pages.

Auto-compress images on upload

Images are a big challenge to optimize for speedy loading of a web page because it often requires manual work to compress them. Fortunately WP Smush.it can do such compression jobs for you in a loss-less manner and manage images to get desired sizes and more. This takes the workload of your hands, yet you get nicely optimized imagery for your site.

Consider your hosting options

Remember to evaluate which hosting options are best suited for your project. Smaller sites run just fine on Servage shared hosting, but building a larger project may require more resources, thus considering virtual private servers from Servage may be a better option for your needs.

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