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Although we all know that backlinks are the best way to get a good ranking online, let’s cover other aspects other than SEO and that’s the website loading speed. Regardless of the examples of web design packages that you will go for, speed is an important factor for the overall success of your website.

 

  1. Install Caching Plugins for WordPress

 

One of the best ways to speed up your WordPress site is by installing a caching plugin. Caching basically means storing data temporarily for faster and easier retrieval. This also helps ensure that your server won’t need to run as many database files or calls and your users won’t have to download each and every single file whenever they visit your website. WordPress’ most popular caching plugin is the W3 Total Cache which offers a lot of features.

 

  1. Implement a Content Delivery Network

 

Content Delivery Network or CDN is a network of servers distributed all over the world and is well capable of caching your files. The CDN will then send those files from the server nearest to your users. Basically, in an ideal situation, a web user that’s based in New York will be able to download your website’s files from other parts of the United States instead of Europe, for example. By routing your traffic in CloudFlare, the loading time of your website will not only be faster but the security will be enhanced as well.

 

  1. Optimise Images

 

Image optimisation is the process of converting images to a certain format that will shrink the image size. Some of the examples of web design packages that you could avail may already come with image optimisation. And although the images are already optimised, you can optimise them even more in order to speed up the loading time of your website. Thankfully, there are various tools and resources that you can use these days to optimise images which are free to use.

 

  1. CombineJavascript Files

 

In order to combine JavaScript files, you need to be familiar with JavaScript or this could ruin your website’s JavaScript functionality. If you’re using CloudFlare, simply go to the Speed Tab and check the box under “Auto Minify” in order to combine and minify your JavaScript files. If you’re more adventurous, however, try turning the Rocket Loader on, which you’ll find in the same subsection. The Rocket Loader will combine the JavaScript files into one and will cache scripts locally. If in the event that it ruins some of your Java functionality, simply turn it off.

 

  1. Combine CSS Files

 

The process of combining and minifying CSS files is pretty much the same with JavaScript. However, it’s less risky. Because CSS is mainly for the website’s formatting and style, there’s no risk of ruining the overall functionality of the website. For users of CloudFlare, the CSS Minification can be found at the same subsection as that of the Speed. You may also need to enable the HTML while you’re at it.

 

Hopefully, these tips can help speed up your website and will be useful for any web design packages that you will purchase.

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