Speed of your site matters a lot and you have to make your site as faster as possible. If your site is faster then google and user both will enjoy your site because both of them likes faster sites. Yes, Google likes faster sites and if the spped of your site is faster then there are more chances to rank higher in SERPs then the sites that are slower then yours. That’s why speed of your site matters a lot.
When i made this site, I was not giving proper attention to the speed of this site and as a result, Speed was about 2.65 Seconds when i check using pingdom’s websites speed check tool. That is also a good speed but not so much good because site will be opened with 2G connection also which is slow. So, I decided to improve my site speed and i did all this in 1 hour. Initial speed was as given below,
At that time, Size of the homepage was 1MB which is also higher. We can’t make it 500 or 300KBs but we can decrease it by removing unused or garbage codes and all from site. So, Let us see how i improved my site speed to 1.67 seconds,
1. Checking codes and its load time
First of all I checked that which code is taking more time to load. Waterfall is a list of requests that your site does while it is loaded. Requests are the codes that is loaded whenever your site is being opened in any computer. Starting of waterfall of this websites is here,
Waterfall of any site starts with loading its domain! Time taken to load one request is equal to width of the corresponding bar to the request. Below given Image has simple explanation of that,
You can see that loading domain took 828ms. Just like this, whenever you will hover on that bar, You will get total time which is taken by that request to be loaded.
If you understood this then it is best and if you didn’t understood then also no problem. Main aim is to remove the code(request) which is not needed and whose bar has more width. At a time, When I was trying to improve speed, I found that Hotjar code is taking 500-600ms (milli-seconds) to get loaded. It was good amount of time that can be saved to improve speed and moreover I didn’t liked Hotjar.
So, I removed that Hotjar code and got some boost in Speed of my site. After that, I also removed other unwanted codes from the site and my site was rocking at 2 second load time and 900KB page size. My target was 1.5 Seconds so i kept searching for the codes that are having high load time.
2. Replaced Old to new Facebook like box
After that, I got that facebook like box is also taking 0.5Seconds to load! It is because every time it takes photos and data from facebook which will take some time. Facebook like box was important for my site so there were no chances to remove it and at a same time, Facebook released one more best looking and professional looking facebook and also given notice that old facebook like boxes will stop working from july. Below given Image shows old facebook like box which was slow in comparison with new one,
So, I removed this one and then made new one from this page and then I Added new one to site. New one is fast and professional looking as given below,
So that, New one looks professional and has one more share button that old one was not having. New one loads fast then old one! So, If you havn’t installed new one on your site then do as fast as possible!. Now let me show you third step i did to improve speed of my site.
3. Smushed Images
If you are using wordpress then you might have been installed WP smush.it plugin. if you haven’t installed that plugin then install it fast. That plugin is useful to decrease size of your image at a time of performance to make your sit faster. Whenever you will upload Images on wordpress, it will pass through that plugin and will optimize it!
If you are already using it then you must know that you can also smush images again manually. You just have to navigate to Media–>Smush just like this image,
Now, On that page you will get one button with Bulk Smush Now Text. Click on that button and It will start Smushing your images again. It is very effective and while writing this article i smushed Images on my blog and saved 403KBs. You can see proof in this image,
One more thing you have to do on that page is to allow this plugin to smush image at a time of upload. To do this, you will get Check box in settings tab on same page. Check that check box and save settings. After that whenever you will upload images on your blog, It will be automatically decreased!
4. One Effective Tip for all (Bonus)
Images are the biggest problem that are responsible for high load time and you need to compress them as well as you have to decrease size of the image so that can load faster at a time! There are few things that helped me a lot to make this site faster.
There are 2 tools that i use before uploading any image on worpdress. Name of the tools are compressnow.com and compressor.io. Before some months, I was using Compressnow but According to me, Compressor.io is better because by using that tool, I can get Same quality image as it was but size of that image is decreased by 50%+. I liked it and i use it regularly. So, Use this tools and also use Smush.it if you are on wordpress.
For this article also, Before uploading images that are bigger, I used that tool and saved very much time to load my site.
After doing all thing which took my 1 hour at a time when i was doing all this. I got very much good result and my site timings was decreased to 1.67 Seconds and proof is given in this image,
Now, The size of the homepage is also decreased to 884Kb and also load time is now only 1.67 Seconds. Now, If you will open this site from 2G connection also then also it will load faster. So, This techniques worked for me and I am use that it will work for you too! You will like our Ultimate keyword research Guide too!
Conclusion : I saw the techniques by which you can get very much improvement in Load time of your site. By using this techniques you can also improve your site load time to make your readers and google love it! If you have any questions or just want to comment then you can comment below because i like comments and social shares a lot!