A fast loading website is a necessity. There are many ways to optimize the site for speed.
A visitor puts an URL into the browser and hit enter. The browser sends a request to the server requesting the necessary resources to load that URL. The server reads the requests and sends the requested file.
You can verify whether your site has this problem by running a website speed test. There are plenty of website speed testing services.
- Pingdom Speed Test
- GTMetrix Speed Test
- Google PageSpeed Insights.
Just paste your page link, and hit enter. These tools will give you a detailed report on how the page is loading.
I am using Google PageSpeed Insight as an example.
As soon clearly, the speed performance of the site is not good. If we scroll down, we will find the suggestion proposed by the tool.
The request-response between browser and server runs on HTTP protocol. It is a standard protocol of online communication.
HTTP/2 (released in 2015) is the latest upgrade to the HTTP protocol. Most of the hosting support HTTP/2, then you do not need to combine any files, as it supports parallel downloads.
It means it allows sending and downloading of multiple elements at the same time.
The new protocol has upgraded features:
- Improve the loading speed of the pages
- Enable parallel downloads of data
- Enable multiplexing
- Compress request headers
Overall, the latest version of HTTP/2 improves the performance of web browsing.
That’s why I suggest using a WordPress plugin. Though there are many plugins to perform the task, the best one is Autoptimize.
Autoptimize has plenty of functions to optimize the speed of the WordPress site. You can minify HTML, CSS and Java with this plugin.
- Log in to WordPress Admin Dashboard
- Go to Setting >> Autoptimize from the sidebar
- Find the ‘JS, CSS & HTML’ tab from the top bar
- Save changes
That’s it. Go and purge the WordPress cache one time.
Run a page load test to check the performance. Check whether the test is still displaying the JS warning.
Scroll down, and you can optimize CSS files to from this plugin. It will also help you to speed up the WordPress site.
If using a CDN, put your CDN URL to enable CDN for the newly made JS files.
A slow site hurt the visitor’s experience, SEO, and eventually, conversion. You should not take it lightly and should do anything and everything to improve the speed of the site.
I hope this article helped you, and if there is any question or queries, you can leave them in comments.