Last week I gave you GTMetrix.com, a place to see what your website speed load is scored at and actually how fast your home page loads. I like that a lot of you went and tested it.
Now let's talk about the rest of your website.
Most of you, me included, will have entered your domain name. But like me you may have 20, 100 or 500 pages and posts and more. Mine actually comes in at 1622. That's a lot of pages and I have ZERO inclination or INTENTION to check them all! For the most part the home page is a busy page, so it's given us a good benchmark.
Here's another trick to make sure every page, post, picture, especially those pictures, load quickly.
Make sure you have a cache system working!
A cache system holds the content of your site in a memory bank. When a person calls up the site on a browser, that memory bank will see what's available and load it. Nothing available? It will call the site as new content and then memorize it. It speeds things up.
Wordpress has a ton of cache plugins you can use, some are easy to set up, others more complex. Stick with easy to start!
If you are not using Wordpress, make sure you ask your provider if caching is enabled. My guess is it will be, but you wont know unless you ask.
Although not really SEO, fast loading websites do help Google rank you higher, so every little bit helps.
Scale your Images
One of the biggest issues when testing your sites was not scaling images. Do this before you upload them.
Well aside from your site not getting bogged down by having to load huge images, it takes less storage on your hosting plan. So if you took a photo with your fancy smart phone that's a whopping 6,000px by 4500px, that's a huge photo and it won't fit your page. So scale it down, then upload it. Know your site page width and use that as a guide.
This well help your load speed a lot.
That's the tip for this week. What else do you want to know?