Get a Faster Joomla Website with These 10 Tips
When you use a powerful and capable content management system (CMS) like Joomla, you expect it to perform really well. And if designed properly, then your business website can provide a seamless user interface to visitors and beat many competitor websites built on other platforms to gain the loyalty of your customers and prospects. Faster websites also rank better on Google, according to a post in the search engine giant’s blog. But it is surprising to see how many people get it completely wrong even after using such an incredible CMS. Here is a list of 10 things you could do to make your Joomla website faster.
1) Joomla Cache
Joomla cache allows you to load a previous ‘view’ of the website instead of requesting for all the data every time the user loads the website. This shaves off a considerable amount of time from the total load time and provides for a faster experience. Whenever you update the content, you can clear the cache from your end to provide users with the latest content. Joomla has three types of caches:
1. Component views
2. Module views
3. Page views
2) Browser Caching in .htaccess
Once you change the htaccess.txt file to .htaccess, add some code which tells the browser not to load images which may already be present on the computer. Since images form the major part of a website, this could lead up to considerably shortened load time.
3) Web Host
Your web host can make or mar your website traffic. Avoid free web hosts at all costs, because they are not free for nothing. Also, if your pocket allows then you should go for dedicated web hosting, which is way faster than the regular shared hosting.
On the server tab in global configuration, you can find the option to turn Gzip on or off, which you should turn on. Gzip compresses your pages in a zip file which is sent to the browser of your computer, where it is unzipped. All modern browsers support it.
As mentioned earlier, images form a major chunk of the entire website, and are the ones that load later than the text and the CSS. If the images load very slow, then it could be frustrating to the visitor and also increase the overall loading time of the website. To avoid this, use compressed images. There are many online tools available for it, like https://tinypng.com/. You can also use software like Adobe Photoshop where you can ‘save for web and devices’.
7) Content Delivery Network
Using a Content Delivery Network (CDN), the static files are served from the global server network of the CDN rather than the server of the web host. With the help of this, faraway users get their files from the nearest server source and the website loads quicker.
8) Speed Enhancing Extensions
You can use an extension that enhances the load speed of your website. JCH-Optimize, Jbetolo, Yireo ScriptMerge and aeSecure are amongst a few which you can choose from.
9) Remove Useless Extensions
Have only the extensions that you absolutely required. Many extensions load even if they are not needed, and therefore delay the load time.
10) Mobile Devices
Since a lot of the internet usage is through mobiles devices, you need to make sure that the website is optimized well for them. You can do this by selectively disabling module positions when a mobile device is discovered at the time of loading.
Using these 10 techniques, you can make your Joomla website much faster than before and gain more traffic, leads and conversions.