4 Ways to Improve Site Speed
Updated: Mar 19, 2020
The following is an article “4 Ways to Improve Site Speed” by Marc Primo.
Site speed is vital in every digital marketing effort as it plays a pivotal role in user experience. It affects your SEO, paid searches, paid socials, and bounce rate which give you more focus on certain areas to improve on. While there are many tools to audit your site speeds, most are not really comprehensive enough to give you the proper insight on how to increase site speeds and user experience. Fortunately, there are some things you can try that can make a difference.
For digital newbies, site speed is simply the rate by which users can quickly see your content and interact with your website. Since 2018, Google has shifted to mobile-first index which means that your mobile content is the first to be audited rather than the Desktop version. With this, your mobile SEO content plays a vital role on how you can improve your site speeds and make sure your customers can reach you fast when they pay your site a visit.
Below are four novel ideas that you can’t see in most auditing tools which can help you improve on your site speeds.
Image optimization. Most digital marketing content providers are now utilizing SVG images which are vector-based rather than PNG images which can save up to 60% of your file size. SVGs are smaller and therefore more appropriate for icons and minimize site speed audit detection. If you have to use larger SVG files, you might also want to consider compression tools such as SVGMinify or Vecta.io which make the files smaller without sacrificing quality.
Tune-up your Network. As previously mentioned, the greatest aspect wherein you can improve your site speeds is cutting back on server turnaround times and tuning up your network manually can do a lot if you’re bent on increasing your site speeds. TLS 3.1 otherwise known as SSL is an encryption feature in HTTPS which you can discuss with your tech team in how they can reduce turnarounds from two back and forths to the server to just one or better yet, just use a content delivery network.
You may also improve your site speeds by using the new QUIC + HTTP/3 to optimize browser to server communications which you can take advantage of if you are a CloudFlare user. CloudFlare is a website security provider that improves your web content delivery via distributed domain name server services.