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Having a slow website can seriously impact your SEO rankings. Plus, most people will leave your site if a page takes more than a few seconds to load. Keeping both of these factors in mind, it’s important to do what you can to make sure your site is up to speed.

Luckily, there are things you can do to speed up your site. If you’re worried about your load time, the first step you should take is testing your load speed. If it turns out your load speed is lacking, you can check out five ways you can improve your website loading speed below.

1. Choose a better website host

Not all website hosts provide the same speed. Take the time to look into website hosting plans. If you’re on shared hosting and you’re noticing it’s a bit slow, it might be useful to switch hosts or choose dedicated hosting.

2. Update your plugins

Old and outdated plugins can slow your website down. Make sure any plugins you’re not using are deleted and ones you are using are up to date to ensure your site loads as quickly as possible.

3. Optimise your JavaScript and CSS files

One easy way to improve your website load speed is by compressing your files. You can also remove any unnecessary line breaks or spaces to help speed up your site.  

4. Optimise images by making them the right size

If your images aren’t the right size for your site, your load time could be seriously lagging. If you’re not sure where to start, there variety of tools available to reduce image weight.

5. Use caching

Caching is a process that can drastically improve load times because a visitor will only have to load any new content when they visit your site, not the whole website.

Need more help with your website?

Digital Bridge is a website design and development agency located in Fitzroy, Melbourne. If you are looking for a local web developer email us at hello@digitalbridge.com.au or give us a call at +613 8658 2434. We’d love to help.