PART FOUR OUT OF FOUR: FULLY MAXIMIZE YOUR LOAD TIME
40% of users abandon a website that takes more than 3 seconds to load while 47% of users expect a web page to load within 2 seconds or less.
If you haven’t updated your website and tested its speed, chances are, users are already voluntarily losing connections before you even get the opportunity to reach out.
In our previous posts, we’ve talked about simple WordPress cheats and the impact of image optimization to speed up your load page.
Still haven’t reached the .5 second bench mark?
Here are three more steps on how to fully maximize your website speed with top of the class hosts and plugins:
- Upgrade to a faster host
If you don’t want to compromise your plugins, consider upgrading to a faster host. Start doing your research for a good host that will suit your preference – experts suggest using SiteGround. It migrates you for free, so it’s as easy as signing up.
SiteGround offers three upgrade plans and upon each upgrade, it basically doubles the amount of resources the user needs.
- Activate Cloudflare
Cloudflare is a free service that improves your website speed and security. It speeds up and protects millions of websites, APIs, SaaS services, and other properties connected to the Internet. If your host does not come with Cloudflare, signing up is definitely recommended.
- Install a Cache Plugin + CDN
Install a cache plugin that will take care of multiple items on your TT metrics report. Get plugins such as WP Fastest Cache and your page will load faster as each items are being cached.
A Content Delivery Network or CDN is also highly recommended in the WordPress optimization guide. Essentially, it takes all the static files on your website and lets users to download them as fast as possible. MaxCDN is one of the best suggested from this area.
Copy your CDN origin to URL from MaxCDN to WP Fastest Cache. Retest your website and GT metrics to see the improvement of your website’s load time.
Your load speed is a crucial part of your user experience. Ending up with a sluggish site can cause a great deal of loss on your traffic and subscribers.
With a good website speed, a minimized bounce rate, enhanced user experience, increased page views, and improved SEO are just a few of the advantages.