All of us strive to provide a feature-rich web 2.0 experience to our visitors. We all want to give complete satisfaction to our readers that’s why we make use of lots of stuff on our website. There could be seen multiple stylesheets on most of the websites, and use of jQuery, graphical backgrounds, navigation menus, etc.
These all improve the look but slower the page load speed. A slow-loading website is an indication for you to take immediate action because it not just eats your servers but also kills user experience. As the average internet speeds in many countries it still below 256kbps.
A slower website uses more resources and sometimes can also overload your database. And if so happen your hosting provider will simply say you to upgrade your account. In short, a slow website is not beneficial for anyone you, your web hosting provider, and your visitors.
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There could be a number of reasons for a slow website, it’s an age of the internet, and advanced web development technologies help you to build an extraordinary and cutting edge website.
So if your website loads slower then here are 5 possible reasons and their fixes to boost your website performance and don’t let it cost you extra money.
1. Unoptimized Graphics
Graphics are used everywhere to give an elegant look to your website like in the background, sidebars, outer wrappers, navigation menus, header logo, social icons, etc… And Images increase the number of HTTP requests and file size of the page.
A website with unoptimized graphics usage 20% more server resources. There could be a couple of ways to optimize images the best one is to make use of CSS Sprites. I have a detailed article on CSS Sprites techniques which you can read at CSS Image Sprite.
2. Bulky Codes
If you would have a close look at your website files you will find lots of unused codes, extra white spaces, useless comments, etc… These all just increase the load on your servers.
3. Bulky Database Tables
Your website’s database contains most of the data related to your websites in form of database tables. Having unused and bulky data on your database takes more time to respond, and this makes your website slower. Remove all unused data from your database. Delete empty rows on database tables.
4. Externally embedded Media
Using external media is always a bad idea. It makes your website slower. The simple reason is every web server has downtime and if your externally embedded media is hosting on a server that having downtime.
This will simply make slow your website too. If possible ignore external media because it makes your website dependent on others.
5. Use of Server-Intensive Dynamic Scripts
Dynamic websites, such as WordPress, generate their pages from data stored in databases and are slower than simple HTML websites. While the slight delay is not often noticed on small, low-traffic websites, it is often noticeable as a website increases in size and popularity.
To remedy this situation, I suggest page caching. Caching enables you to store copies of frequently accessed dynamic pages and allows pages to be accessed more quickly. Page caching serves your visitors a cached static version of your dynamic page and it loads 20% faster than the dynamic pages.