Speed is one of the most consequential factors for the success of a website. Users don’t like slow websites. Google also considers site speed as one of the parameters for their rankings. A faster website helps to improve your ranking on search engines, improves conversion rate, and improves user involvement and retention.
Here are some tips that can help speed up your Joomla Website
Choose A Good Web Host
Web hosting plays a crucial role in your site performance. Avoid bad hosts and slow hosts as they don’t provide good services which are required to host a website.
Cache is a way of helping the users with the content which is pre- generated. You can enable it by following below steps.
To enable Cache setting
Navigate to Global Configuration à System Tab à Cache Settings à select the conservative caching or progressive caching
Conservative Caching: It caches the content for each unique visitor.
Progressive Caching: It caches and sends the same content to all visitors.
To enable Joomla Cache plugin
Navigate to Extensions à Plugin Manager à see for system cache plugin and then enable it.
G-Zip helps in reducing the size of the web page which makes the website load faster. Your website is compressed before it is made available to your visitors. To enable G-Zip
- Navigate to Global Configuration à Server à Server Settings à select Gzip Page Configuration and then enable it.
Extensions are needed to handle different functions. However, some extensions are not completely optimized which can slow down your website. Choose your extensions wisely.
Browsing cache .htaccess
The way your web servers process your website with a lot of regulations to improve your site speed is handled by .ht access file. Some widely used regulations are:
- ETag – directs the browser to procure image from the local browser cache instead of server.
- Expires headers – different file types can be subjected to different expiration times
- AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE – by removing empty lines, breaks and spaces one can minify the source code of collected HTML files
Images consume a lot of KB’s of your web page, which is one of the reasons that makes loading of the website slow. Optimize your images and make sure that you use the correct size of the images.
Content Delivery Network is a network of proxy servers globally distributed which is deployed in multiple data centers. CDN is used to provide content to visitors with high convenience.
Extensions that ensure speed optimization
While deploying any template or an extension, make sure that they ensure speed optimization. Rather than having good design, good features, its friendliness with search engines etc. speed optimization should also be taken into consideration.
Make sure your website should perform well in widely used devices like mobile phones, tablets and not just restricted to the desktop. One can use Google PageSpeed insights to see how your site is performing on mobile devices.