Editor’s Note: This is the second article in our “Three Ways to Speed Up Your Site Load Time” blog series.
Slowing Your Visitors Down
- The size of the code could mean that it takes a long time for your visitors to download it.
- When your visitor’s web browser runs the code, the actions that the code performs could take a long time to complete.
So what do you do? The solution is to:
This way, your visitor can start to read your content even while other stuff is happening to add in interaction and functionality.
If this sounds like a daunting task, don’t worry, there’s a plugin for that!
Autoptimize – The Basics
Autoptimize – Advanced
As you can see from the settings screen, Autoptimize provides additional options for optimizing CSS and HTML, which we’ll cover in part 2b of our series.
And just to convince you that paying attention to this sort of optimization is worth your time, I was able to take a fairly basic WordPress site from a score of 74 on PageSpeed Insights (Mobile) to a 98 by installing and configuring Autoptimize. YMMV, as they say, but it’s worth it to spend some time with this plugin to speed your site up.
Want to learn more about speeding up your site load time with Autoptimize? Check out Part 2b: Optimize CSS and HTML.
- If you’re a developer you can read about ways to avoid this; if you’re not a developer, that page may be Greek to you.