Website SpeedI think most of us today are aware of just how important it is to make sure your website loads quickly. I’ve written about this before, and it really is making a huge difference, with Google and other major search engines clearly favouring those sites with faster load times.

Here are two quick tips on how to speed up your site’s loading times, without getting yourself too dirty grubbing about with code.

1. Give JavaScript a head start.

Plenty of people use JavaScript in their sites, but a huge number are still embedding these scripts in the page. Don’t. Instead, stick your scripts into a separate .js file, and include a command in the <HEAD> section of your page to download it:

<script type=”text/javascript” src=”myscript.js”></script>

This means that rather than forcing the browser to download the JavaScript code every single page visit, it will store it in the browser’s cache, making all subsequent pages and visits considerably faster.

2. Optimise your images.

It’s amazing just how fat and cumbersome some images can be. Don’t just reduce the size of your images, reduce the file size. There are plenty of free tools and utilities out there which do a great job. For example, many people are raving about Smush.it at the moment, but for many years my choice has been Irfanview coupled with the ‘Save for Web’ plugin.

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