The first thing to take into account when looking to speed up your website is your host. If you’re using shared hosting, there’s only so fast your website can ever be. To see real improvements in your website’s performance, you should consider moving to a fast hosting provider. If your current host is hosting thousands of websites on one server, no optimisation work will help you speed up your website unless you move to a better service provider – such as i4design hosting, for example.
The design and development of your website is the next thing to consider. All images and photos added to your site must be made as small as possible in file size to ensure the page they’re on doesn’t load slowly. The amount of third-party apps being used on your website can also make a difference. For example, rather than a plugin to display links to your social-media sites you could insert simple image links.
Once you have the hosting, web design and development sorted, you can then think about other ways to speed up your website, such as caching. Caching is a way to store data temporarily so that it displays faster for future requests.
Moving your website to the i4design VPS would be a good first step in speeding up and improving your website for you, your visitors and search engines. I can then move on to all the other optimisation techniques to ensure your website gets results like the one below.