Why oh why is my website slow? If you’ve ever asked yourself this question then you know how frustrating it can be when your website loads really slowly and with visitor frustration being a cause as to website’s success or failure and increased bounce rates, it makes sense that you want your website to load as fast as humanly possible. Before you call the professionals (myself included) perhaps it’s best to take a moment and understand some issues plaguing website performance currently.
I’ve put together a brief list of common easy fix problems that point to slower website performance
- Put CSS style sheets at the top of your web pages
- Reduce DNS lookups
- Avoid using redirects
- Remove duplicate scripts
- Flush the buffer early
- Minimize the use of iFrames
- Optimize image files on your website
- Don’t scale your images using HTML
If you are looking for information to help you get your website speedier check out this article from the Yahoo Developers Network called “Best Practices for Speeding Up Your Web Site”. Also, check out there YSlow FireFox add-on that works with Firebug to diagnose your website’s performance problems. I hope that you use this information to get your website running faster so that more people can see it!