How to increase site speed on WordPress like a pro

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User experience has been the foremost factor in the age of the internet. You can build a  great website with the exact functionalities that your customers search online, but if your website takes time to load, then your customers won’t stick around.

As mobile phones outrace desktop searches, people do not expect websites to take time to load.

Long gone are the times of sitting tight 10 seconds for a site to load. Due to this, Google started considering page loading speeds as a ranking factor.

Therefore, to stay at Google’s top spot, WordPress users need to know precisely what they can do to enhance their own website speed.

Some of you may already be using Rainmaker platform to load your website quickly. Be that as it may, including promotion scripts, highlighted pictures, following codes, 301 redirects, and so forth will slow down your website loading speed.

Here are six basic tips that we prescribe since we use them ourselves to significantly accelerate the Search Engine Journal (SEJ) loading time.

  1. Choose a content delivery network

A content delivery network (CDN) is a group of servers that connect website pages and other information such as area of the client, origin of the web pages and its server.

Bloggers using WordPress who want to improve their site speed can look online for tools that can improve their site speed. There are numerous CDNs online that speeds up the  performance of your site and optimizes it for efficiency on any device.
Most of them also protect your website from crawlers and bots.

  1. Compress your images

Another effective way to reduce page-load time and increase site speed is by compressing your images. A CDN will help with this, but it doesn’t take care of 100 percent of the job. There are several different plug-ins that allow you to compress both new and old images on your blog. You can instantly compress images without affecting their quality, regardless of their size. This also ensures safety & security of your files.

  1. Prevent  pop-ups

Of course you want to build your audience and get more customers, but be careful. Many website pages today contain some type of third-party script that either runs advertisements for revenue or uses pop-ups to promote conversion. It’s not possible to completely get rid of them, but you can limit their performance and strictly let it perform its intended task.

The trick is to first identify the third-party scripts that run on your site, where they come from, and how they impact your blog. There are dozens of online tools available which can monitor and identify scripts on your website. You can do the same assessment for pop-ups on your blog as well.

  1. Install Caching plugins

Caching plug-ins send a static version of your WordPress blogs to users and readers. This substantially reduces your page load time, almost by half.

Plugins are easy to install and remove. What is even more better is that WordPress also supports many plugins that gets rid of any latency in page-load time. You just need to find which one is best for you.

However, tons of plug-ins can also make your site slow. Hence, it is important to review plugins that you have installed in the past, but presently do not offer you any beneficial functionality. We also highly recommend to constantly update your plugins so that not only does your pages load quickly, but also for that additional security.

  1. Media Optimization

Even after compressing pictures, running scripts and caches, sometimes the numerous different types of media slow down the loading time of web pages. All the internal fixes might still have no effect on the loading time of media pages like Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, etc. Start optimizing your media pages with online tools. Even the infographics from other sources need to be optimized for a better user-experience.

As an ever increasing number of individuals switch to cell phones to access the web, it is imperative to optimize your blog to be read on mobile devices and minimize page-load time.

Keep in mind, bounce rates increase when your page-load time is slow, which affects your overall ranking on search engines. Additionally, your content gets wasted too, as your visitor might go to your competitor’s website’s content.

See more at:-  http://www.bdeveloper.com/services/website-speed-optimization-service/

What do they mean by a “Good Website”?

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Owning a website is quite like inviting multiple people at your home. From its style to layout and content, a good website will have a solid design along with interactive development for a great first impression on potential clients. Quality content also determines what kind of user experience does your website provide. We shed some light on the important features of web designing.

Content

Relevant and genuine content is the foremost requirement of a good website. But a great website’s content should not only answer the visitor’s question but also exceed their expectations. A well thought-out content aids in SEO and ultimately bringing in higher traffic and sales. It is imperative that your website answers to your reader’s queries and that too, in the easiest possible way.

Engagement and Promotion
Improvise on ways to promote your website and it’s products and services. The most popular methods include social media platforms and email marketing.
Social media is a need because of user connectivity and building trust. Use Google Analytics for obtaining demographic information. If your viewers are professional in their approach, publish articles and updates on LinkedIn and Google+.
Also, have email newsletters that invite visitors to browse your newly launched products, seasonal sales, new content and more. However, forgetting email marketing due to social media marketing is a mistake, remember, email marketing can target a very wide audience with the exact personalized message you want.

SEO

Beauty requires attention! There is no point in making a good website if users are unable to able to find it. This is where Search engine optimization is so crucial for users to find relevant services and products quickly, and with all the competition out there, it is advisable to carry out SEO on a regular basis. Be mindful of the title tags, meta descriptions, headers, and keywords  so that users can reach you easily and engage with your services. However, SEO is a constantly evolving field that requires regular updates and strategies for maintaining top rankings. Perform regular SEO audits in order to track rankings, USPs for your business and opportunities for growth.

Layout

A dysfunctional  or confusing layout will lead your visitors to immediately leave your website for your competitors, who might be offering more user friendly interface and a lucid design. In today’s time-bound world, convenience and ease-of-use is everything. In order to cater to our time-crunched society, make sure that all links work properly and your website is easy to navigate.

Tracking Progress
Tracking progress monthly or time-to-time helps you to measure results and understand your strong points. As mentioned earlier, Google Analytics allows you to see your website visitors, how long they stay on certain pages, and what information or services are they here for. This can help you measure your progress and understand your buyer persona. You can effectively formulate strategies and implement new measures to attract more customers on your website.

In the end, it is wise to view your website from your user’s point of view. Rather than suave features that you know about, try inducing functionality that users can notice and your website will surely feature as a “good website”.

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The Right Website Development Company

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Selecting the right website development company can be a daunting task, especially if you do not have the technical know how of website development.

To help you make the right choice, we have a list of things you should take into consideration before hiring a website development company.

Things to keep in mind when selecting a website development company:

Is it an established and genuine company ? Before you hire a company or a firm to develop and design your website, make sure to check that they are an established and genuine firm. It often happens that fraud firms make money off their clients while producing low quality results.

Company’s Website: Always have a look at the website of the company you are about to hire. Is their website good enough ? Does it attract you ? If their website doesn’t impress you, move on because if they can’t make a good enough website for themselves, how can they do it for others ?

Clientèle: Does their client list look impressive ? Do they have a lot of clients ? Are those clients satisfied ? Have they been able to maintain a long term relationship with their clients ? These are some of the questions you need to ask. A large client base means the company would have experience in a variety of websites, whether it is a simple information website or a e commerce store.

Number of Employees: While the low cost of smaller companies might attract you, it oft happens that the company does not have enough employees to carry out the work. This can lead to delays in results, which can turn out to be low quality due to absence of adequate manpower.

Previous Works: Take a look at their previous works. Ask them for case studies of their clients. Gauge the effectiveness of their services to know if it would be beneficial for your business.

Additional Services: Check if the company provides additional services like SEO, Graphic Designing, Speed Optimization, etc. These services are necessary for your website to drive more traffic and increase conversion rates. It is always better to have all of it one place.

Will You Have Access to Website ? It is important to know how much access will you have to website so that you can update the content as and when you need to.

Will They Provide Support ? Unless you have an extensive IT team, you are likely to require help. Companies can have either 24×7 support (like us 😉 ) or they may have standard working hours as their support hours.

Direct Communication: Direct communication is important when you need to explain exactly what you want, and don’t. Check if you can communicate directly with the person handling your website without going through managers as information can get lost in levels of hierarchy.

You Get What You Pay For: Costs for developing and designing the website can range from pennies to thousands of dollars. It all depends on the type of the website you are looking for. Too less costs are also a danger sign as no good quality work can be made if you are not paying for it.

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Businesses Need to Remember While Designing Website

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The modern world requires modern tactics and tools to leave an everlasting impression.  More and more business owners are now aware of the internet platforms through which businesses can connect with their target audience and turn leads into sales. Having an online presence typically means having your website. Since you are incurring time & investment for setting up, hosting and maintaining your website, you would want a decent return on your investment.

In order to churn out a decent ROI from your website, you need conversions. This can be filling out a form, making an online purchase or downloading content. While there are innumerable marketing channels that can help users find your website, once they are in, they actually have to stick there in order to convert.

But we are not going to talk about sales and conversions here. We’re going to inform you of some basic principles of web designing that will help your website to be as user-friendly as possible.

A user-friendly site:-Functionality is the key. If users visit your website and do not understand how to extract the information they want, they would simply move onto another website. This is due to the fact that the internet has a wealth of information that is so abundant that users have multiple choices for a single topic. With so many competitors, you cannot afford to lose a single customer due to functionality issues on your computer.

During designing your website, try to make it attractive but very simple to use. Only if your users have a great user-experience will they tend to convert into your customers.

Navigation:- The first checkpoint of your web design should be navigation. This includes the menu option that your site is likely to have at the top of every page along with related and internal links on your website. Overloading your menu with too many items will make it look cluttered and confusing. Include your product and services page along with the ‘About Us’ & ‘Blogs’ section. Also, it is imperative that you include only the important ( or the most important if you have lots of information) information on your menu.
If you have additional information that cannot be included on the menu tab, try sidebars as a secondary navigation menu for related and internal body links.  You can also include links at the bottom of your page to avoid too much information on one side of the page.

 
Content:- Keep your desired content in mind while making adjustments & designing of your website, rather than the other way around. Content is of prime importance, in the absence of which internet would be meaningless. Whether you are an e-commerce business listing your products to sell or you want to show your USPs to users and even to provide your contact details to get in touch with users, content is the main factor.

So don’t reshape your content as per your design. Content should supplement the design of your web designing process.

 

Layout:- Again, the first thing to bear in mind is that your website pages should not be too cluttered. This helps the user not only to understand what actually is on the page, but also to more quickly locate the content most relevant to them.

Websites with multi-column page layouts need to be wary. Sometimes having too many things on your website can confuse your users as to where to start or where to look.

 

Colours:- Many businesses prefer to keep the overall color of their website as per their logo. Your logo might feature bright, enthusiastic colors which may be impressive. However, the same vibrancy may not be as appealing when used as a background color or in all of your site’s imagery.
Go for functionality with simple, yet attractive color themes for your website. Ensure not to make it overly intrusive by sacrificing usability.

 

Device types:- This one is given. Your website needs to be flexible in order to cater to different types of devices. If someone has to zoom in & out to read content on your website through their mobiles, chances are that they won’t endure this inconvenience for long.  Keep in mind the additional stuff like text size, image resizing, button size, as well as the layout of the menu bar. Your website needs to cater to usability, right from the touch on mobiles and tabs, to the click of the mouse.

Although there are many technicalities involved in web designing, it is important that business owners prioritize the most important. The ones covered above are fundamentals to web designs and need attention.

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