How to make your website load faster on mobile in 2020
Organic SEO is extremely valuable when it comes to generating leads and been seen before your competitors. Googles new algorithm means it ranks websites which are helpful and provide value to users. And as everyone seems to be on a mobile and in a hurry these days – a fast loading website on mobile devices is seen as helpful to Google. (and your website users!)
So how can you make your website load faster?
Use compressed images:
An easy way to dramatically increase your website speed on mobile is to make sure all of your images are compressed. Huge images take up loads of space which slows things down. You can easily compress your images using https://tinypng.com/ which allows you to upload your image and compress it automatically. Assuming you’re using WordPress, just upload the compressed image as a media file. And hey presto. Your website will run much faster on all devices!
If you are able to reduce the amount of images you use on your mobile site, this will also help! Try to stick to only showing content which is absolutely necessary.
Stay away from plugins that compress images for you as these plugins make your website clunky and ends up slowing things down anyway. (more on this later!)
Turn on browser caching:
When browser caching is activated, browsers can remember a websites pages which saves data when loading the page at a later date. You can decide what your website chooses to cache and how long for. Some typical examples of content that may be cached are:
- Images, backgrounds and logos
Remove unnecessary plugins:
Plug-ins are made up of code that enables a website to use a specific feature. It is common for WordPress users to use plugins on their website as it means they can enable different functions to their site with no knowledge of code.
The issue with using plugins on a website is that unless it’s a plug-in that you trust, you don’t know how well the plugin has been coded. Adding poor code to your website will slow the site down dramatically. So it’s important to only use plug-ins that you really need.
Pick a great hosting provider:
What is a good hosting provider? Having the right hosting for your business can literally make or break your website. If you’ve been through this list and your website is still slow – you may need to consider switching your hosting.
A great hosting provider will provide speed, security and support for your website.
If you have a small brochure website, you will usually be able to opt for cloud hosting. This means your website is hosted with other people’s websites. But it’s cost efficient and easy to use.
If you own a website with more than 7 pages, it’s best to purchase a set amount of bandwidth from a hosting provider.
If you are running an ecommerce store, we always recommend using a VPS. (virtual private server) This means your website is hosted on its own rather than with other websites.
Hopefully, you will be able to implement these four tips yourself and your website speed will increase on mobile.
Make it a point to check your website speed once a month and see what you can do to improve one thing on your website every month.
At Beanie Media, we make websites that get found on Google, and websites that load fast on mobile have a much greater chance of outranking those that don’t. We are experts is web design, development and SEO. So if you need help increasing your sites mobile speed then get in touch. We are always happy to help!
If you’d like to talk about your web design or digital marketing then why not come and see us for a coffee? We are based in Denby Dale, Huddersfield. You can find us on Google here.