Presentation matters and that too in the appropriate quantity. To exhibit a friendly user-experience you need to make some necessary changes to your website. A major change amongst the others is to make your website fast. This as a result offers some benefits. Higher conversion rates, higher rankings in organic search and lower bandwidth costs are some of the benefits offered.
A faster website means lesser problems faced by the visitors in navigating. The irritation caused is less and users tend to spend more time on your website. This might change your prospective buyers into full-fledged customers. All you need to do is optimize your Joomla site. Even if your site is built-on an older version of Joomla, there’s no need to worry. You don’t have to have the pangs to upgrade it to the latest version like Joomla 2.5 or Joomla 3.0 to speed up the entire process. All you need to do is follow and observe the following tips.
Faster Images Load Time
Optimizing the images on your website should be a priority as they constitute an important part of the website. The content quality is further enhanced when a nice image is attached to it, whereas too many images might affect the loading time of your Joomla site. CSS3 provides an innovative method to add new effects to your website. So all the redundant images can be got rid of. The sizes of the ones that are necessary should be reduced.
Eliminate the Unwanted Elements
You might have included flash calendars, slideshows, gimmick modules or perhaps sound players on your website. Though they can look impressive, but are they necessary. Think twice before including such elements and that too on one page. Take a recheck and see if you can do away with some of such special effects or convert them to CSS3 animation ones. Reduction in the number of modules from the front-end also reduces the the number of HTTP requests that are requires to render the page. This is the main key to load faster pages.
Promptly Activate Joomla Cache
Keep in mind to turn-on the Joomla cache. This will help in increasing the load speed of the pages to a great extent. You should set up the cache type in the Global Configuration. Using Gzip compression reduces the response time by decreasing the size of the HTTP response. The compression method is the most effective and popular one. The general reduction in the size is about 70%. Reducing the page weight in Joomla can be easily done by Gzipping as many files as possible.
Decoying the Cache with HTAccess
Implementing a Caching Scheme with .htaccess ^
# one year
Header set Cache-Control “public”
Header set Expires “Thu, 31 Jul 2012 10:00:00 GMT”
Header unset Last-Modified
Header set Cache-Control “max-age=604800”
# alternate method for file caching
ExpiresDefault A604800 # 1 week
ExpiresByType image/x-icon A2419200 # 1 month
ExpiresByType text/css A2419200 # 1 month
ExpiresByType text/html A300 # 5 minutes
# disable caching for scripts and other dynamic files
Framework: A Tool to Reduce the Size
The Gavern Framework available for Joomla 3.0 has some options to cache and minify the CSS files. Minification is the practice of getting rid of unnecessary characters from the code to reduce the size thereby increasing the load time. As soon as the code is minified all the comments are removed, the irrational white space characters like space and newline are also removed.
A website cannot be fast enough in the first attempt itself. It’s a continuous process and requires you to find a right balance between the quantity of the content and the size. This further relates to the speed of loading the elements. A continuous thorough check-up keeps the site fast. All the best in your endeavors.