Make web­sites go faster

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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.

Quick tweaks

@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.

Mul­ti­faceted ap­proach

“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.

Big changes

@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”.

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