Make websites go faster
With more and more users browsing on mobiles and emerging markets still relying on patchy connections, it’s never been more important to minimise the load a site places on users’ connections. We asked the @netmag followers to tell us some of the easiest things they’ve done that have improved their sites’ performance.
@lealea’s advice for an easy speed boost is simply this: “Optimise images”. A number of others also gave this advice – it’s a sure way to get a faster site. You can read about techniques in the free e-book at https://images. guide/ – it’s by Addy Osmani, with input from a long list of experts.
“Caching, automated image compression, asset aggregation and, most importantly, putting less on the page,” says @netrunnerIT. Meanwhile: “lazy load JS, responsive images, minify JS/CSS, utilising FontFaceObserver,” are @webreality_ny’s techniques. @polettoweb recommends uglifying and concatenating CSS and JS with Gulp.
@muzzlehatch_ saw an improvement by switching to GatsbyJS for “almost everything”, and @Aligns got “amazing improvements” by setting up his WordPress sites on a server with @litespeedtech cache. @ArtWorked converted a site to a server side rendering build – “you can’t beat that”.