Advanced tips on optimising your website for a shared hosting environment

Written on 21 November, 2016 by Diana Le
Categories: Hosting

Driving decent traffic to your website relies on how well your website is built and optimised.

Generally, companies begin their online exposure on a shared hosting environment and while there are basic practices most users can follow to ensure they get the best out of your hosting there are advanced tweaks you may also implement.

Minify your Javascript and CSS files

Doing this means that all the information and data that’s not required (such as double spaces or irrelevant comments) will be removed from the files, which as a result lowers the size.

This allows a reduction of HTTP requests to your server and will speed up the time it takes to load a page.

Our recommendation is cssminifier.com.

Enable browser caching

Leveraging browser caching stores your webpages in the cache.

It remembers things like the logo, CSS file, images and other resources when the webpage is loaded so when the visitor visits the page on the same site, these resources will not be required to be loaded again.

This allows visitors to speed up the loading time.

Enable gZIP compression

This will allow you to decrease the size of data being transferred between your servers and your visitors.

Similar to creating a zip file, it will compress the content before being transferred over the internet to your browser.

Doing this will significantly lower the size of the data being transferred and as a result leads to quicker loading time.

Remove or minimise redirects

Redirects are basically a set of instructions that automatically deflect the visitor from one file to another.

Each redirect tampers with the pagespeed and are a waste of time. It triggers an additional HTTP request-response cycle and adds RTT latency.

Note: This article serves as a continuation from our previous blog outlining basic tips on how to enhance your hosting.

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