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Methods a Website Designer Should Use to Speed Load Times

Really great website designs are only due in part to how the pages look. Great website designers know it's also about ease-of-navigation, general look and feel, the impression the website give visitors and how fast it loads. As people become more and more used to high-speed Internet, their patience with any slow-loading page goes right out the window and they simply won't wait for it – they'll click away in mere seconds.

Look into Website Load Speed Checkers too

Any number of speed-checking tools is also available to businesses and these can give you a good idea how fast your website is loading. Consider looking into these products – usually delivered as software as service products – to test your website's loading speed before and after you ask your website designer to make changes, so you can verify that things are really loading faster. It'll keep you both honest.

Turn to Your Website Designer

While many people know a number of methods can be implemented by their website designer, Sydney businesses and business owners concerned with what to do to improve their online presence should call on their website designers to consider all methods to speed the load time. As mobile devices become ubiquitous and mobile website development increases, limiting graphics and improving website functionality in favor of speed and load times is crucial as websites must load very fast.

Many of these methods are focused on reducing the number of dependent pages. What's a dependent page? Every file on your website needs to pull from your server in order to load, so reducing the number of hits on your page will make your website faster to load.

Some other methods your website designer can implement include:

  • Implementing simple data caching to reduce the number of database queries in HTML with PHP sites. Where a site is using a content management system (CMS) like WordPress, implement the appropriate plug-ins to handle the caching for you. Anytime you can limit the number of database queries, you'll speed up load time.
  • Implement JavaScripts at the end of the pages – just before the closing body tag. By having these scripts at the end of the page, it lets the page content load first and that results in faster page load and a much less frustrated visitor.
  • Implement Cascading Stylesheets (CSS) as external style definitions across the website – this ensures that the page is rendered quickly because the browser knows the style formatting to apply to the pages. Hint: it also makes the site easier to maintain because when a style needs to be changed, there's only one file to update and not hundreds (or thousands).
  • Optimise your images using image editing software to ensure it's compressed to the smallest possible useful file size.
  • Consider implementing an external service for images as this is a good option to reduce bandwidth as well.

By implementing these common sense methods and best practices, your website designer will be able to speed up the performance and keep more visitors on the site.

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