15 surefire ways to speed up your site

Two seconds. According to a study undertaken by Google and Bing in 2009, that’s how long it takes before a page’s load time can have a ‘serious negative impact’ on repeat usage, potential revenue, user engagement and customer satisfaction. These findings are now two years old. Today we find ourselves catering for users accustomed to even faster connection speeds, real-time data delivery and instant searches.

As is essential to solving any problem, we must first identify the root cause of the events. Luckily there are many tools available that will help you carefully analyse the speed of your site, most notably Yahoo’s Firefox add-on ‘ySlow’ and Google’s Chrome and Firefox extension ‘Page Speed’. Both are free, easy to install and will provide a similar level of detail in their analysis.

Minimising HTTP requests

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