7 Best Tips to Speed up a Joomla Site

March 3, 2017

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As we all know that speed is one of the most important issues for the success of a website. No one wants to wait for a site to load and that’s why we need to minimize the loading period when building a Joomla website.

A faster website helps to reduce bandwidth cost, improve the conversion rate, increase site ranking in search engines, improves user experience and user retention on web pages. Today in this article we will introduce you 7 best tips to speed up a Joomla site. To see the current speed of your site, you can use Google Page speed Insights for full details. And here is the most expected part, the TIPS.

7 best tips to speed up a Joomla site

1. Optimize your Images

We can’t deny the important role of the images in a website. Images are a big part of a website, a nice image can improve content but it is also the main reason to make your site to load slowly. Here are some tips you should take a look at: Use image when you really need it, use the images with the correct size and don’t add too many images to a single page, use the compression tools like Adobe Photoshop to reduce the size of an image.

2. Using a CDN

CDN stands for content delivery network and can serve your static files from the global network. CDN is especially well suited for delivering media such as images, video, audio, etc. So instead of loading those media from a server, it loads from CDN since it's more efficient and reliable. By this way, the user far from the server can receive the files faster from the nearest location.

3. Optimize CSS+ JavaScript

CSS and JS optimization is the process of removing the unnecessary or redundant code in CSS, JS files to reduce file size. It then joins CSS and JS files to decrease a number of requests. When browser renders content from a site it must process all the style and layout information for that page. The browser will block rendering until external stylesheets are downloaded and processed, which may require multiple round-trips and delay the time to first render. This can be resolved by compressing CSS and JavaScript.

4. Speed Optimization Extensions

One of the easiest ways to optimize your site is to use the speed up extensions. After installation and configuration steps, your site will be significantly speeded up! JCH-Optimize and JBetolo are one of them.

 5. Choosing a Good Hosting

It’s critical for you to choose the right host for your site. This is the important factor to slow or speed up your site no matter how well you have optimized your Joomla site. Before choosing a hosting, you should find more information. Find a web hosting that is suitable with your site’s demand: web space, data transfer, monthly traffic, backup, database type support, CDN, etc.

6. Enable Joomla Cache

When a visitor loads a page in Joomla site, Joomla fetches content from the database, loads extensions required in that page and template files, which then renders as a single page, thus the whole process takes time. Those things can be solved by Joomla caching system.

7. G-Zip

By G- Zip, your pages are compressed in a zip-file; these pages are further sent to the browser on your PC and unpacked there. Except for ancient versions of IE, it is supported in all browsers and should be safe to turn on. Please make sure that your host supports mod_gzip to use this function.


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