Once your blog is set up, the last thing you want is to lose interested readers because the page takes too long to load.
Make sure that your hard work and effort gets the best pay off possible by making sure your site moves as quickly as the people viewing it. Here are some tips to keep up the pace.
1. Test Your Blog’s Performance
There are add on programs, such as Page Speed, that will test how quickly your blog loads. Firefox and WordPress have plugins that will reduce load time, and some offer helpful tips to increase speed.
2. Optimize Your CSS Code
Think of CSS code as a programming package for web sites. CSS offers different choices for editing and design, just as each new version of Windows offers varying options . CSS optimizers are available online, and you can try out different ones . Look for a program that minimizes the amount of code while providing the design aspects (like font size and coloring) that you prefer. The less code, the faster your blog will run.
3. Remove Blog Clutter
Remember that every picture, string of text, or button on your blog has its own code and eats up space on your server. Are there some ads on your page that no one clicks on? A donate or buy button that is not in use? Perhaps some links to other pages that are outdated and no longer work? Getting rid of these excess bits will make your blog faster, more efficient, and easier on the eye.
4. Consider Moving Away from Shared Hosting
If your blog shares hosting on a server with other web pages, your site may become hard to access during high traffic times. The main time you want to get attention, your readers may end up clicking elsewhere! Dedicated or gridline hosting will take your reader directly to your blog, with less chance of traffic issues.
Plugins are nifty little programs that drive traffic to your site. They interface with social media, iPhone apps, or widgets. Do a little research to find out which ones work best for your site, and remove anything that isn’t generating traffic for you. If your blog is on WordPress, you’ll often get alerts sent to your email whenever a new plugin is created or becomes popular.
Be conservative in your use of pictures, buttons and programs. Check your web pages speed, links, and learn how to make code and hosting work to your advantage. Once you have done this, your blog will have the best possible speed, and a better chance of reaching your readers.
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|Guest Post by Lori T.|
Lori T. is a writer and blogger with a passion for internet marketing and webmaster tools. She also enjoys writing about healthcare careers and is a regular contributor at About Medical Billing and Coding.