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Have you ever Googled something on your phone and it seems to take forever to load? Well lucky for us, Google is doing its best to get rid of that problem for us.
The latest Google update that is scheduled to start working in June is out in the news. Google now plans to penalize those pesky websites that take too long to load. The main reason is that Google is the best search engine in the world and it will only get better!
The good news is that you will be able to find what you want in a shorter amount of time… The bad part about the Search Engine update is for those with slow mobile websites. We encourage you to spend the extra buck if you don’t want to get penalized for having a slow website. It would be a shame if you have great content, but end up getting pushed down on the Google Web chain because of your mobile speed.
Think about it… You will be doing yourself a favor if you optimize your mobile speed & get ready for the next Google update ahead of time. Those with slower mobile websites will get penalized, while you can earn a chance at moving up for a specific search term on the search engine.
How To Get Ready For The Next Google Update?
Do you have a slow website? Well, have no fear. Here are some quick tips on what to do to make sure your site respond in a shorter amount of time.
Compress Your Files
Most servers allow you to compress your valuable files. This means that your website’s files will be temporarily compressed before being called up to the device. One of the more popular ways of doing this is through Gzip. This type of file compression can help cut the time it takes to load a page on your site by over 50%.
Switch To JPEG Images
When you upload images to your website, make sure they are all the same type of files. They may vary from png, jpeg, etc… which is fine, but not if you are trying to optimize speed. You should also try sizing your images to be able to fit correctly on your page and make sure they don’t take up too much memory.
Although these scripting languages help out, they may be slowing your page down if the code is not being kept as short as possible. Just make sure you cut out any unnecessary CSS or JS scripts that you aren’t using.
Unplug the Plugins
We’re all guilty of unplugging plugins and never deleting them. Believe it or not, they still slow down your website. Just make sure you log into the backend of your website and delete the extra baggage that may be weighing you down.
Redirects actually cause the system to slow down any URL request. If you are redirecting because you have to, you may have to miss out on the chance to fully optimize your website. But no worries, the other methods should help you a good amount.