In: How to blog12 Dec 2011
How can I make my blog load faster? is a common question. If your blog site takes forever to load, then you should read these tips.
Did you know that Google is serious about how fast your blog loads, and this has a direct effect on Search Engine Optimization (SEO)? There is also a phrase that says “A slow loading blog = An unread blog”, because when someone finds a blog that is loading slow, the most probably is that he or she moves to another blog or Google for something new, which is bad if you want to hook new readers and keep your loyal fans.
So, How can I make my blog load faster? There are several simple tricks or techniques to improve load times of your blog and make it load faster.
• Post per page
Having all the posts at the beginning of the blog is a practice widely used by bloggers but this makes your blog load slower. Its recommended to limit your shown posts to something under 10. The fewer items shown on the first page, the less time your blog will take to load.
Very large images slow down the loading process. You can optimize your images, edit, crop, resize, without losing the original quality, offering the same result for the reader.
Resize your images before uploading them as part of your blog post, this will reduce their overall weight and save your readers time having to download these large image files.
If you use images from other sites or you have a large number of images to show, it’s advisable to upload them to Picasa, a free software that helps you organize, edit, and share your photos. Then you can put a link to the album in the post or the sidebar.
Don’t use many scripts because they slow the pages’ loading process. Use only if necessary or if they’re official scripts created by your blog. The same goes for widgets. A lot of cool little widgets that people put on their blogs take a lot of time to load up.
• Auto-load videos
Videos are super cool, but instead of having them load automatically, have the player available for people to click on if they should want to.
You should consider that the larger your blog becomes, the more attention you will have to pay to making your blog load faster.