If your blog loading time is below normal then you need to take urgent actions to improve its performance. You don’t want to irritate your visitors. So here are couple things you can do to get your blog loading time back to normal. Initial steps are described in the previous post: “Website Usability: How to Create Optimal Blog Posts from Technical Point of View”
Now let’s dig a bit deeper.
It’s better not to use many images and videos in one post. Using 2-3 images or 1-2 videos is perfectly fine, but what if according to your storyline you just have to post 9 videos in one blog post, and there is just no way for 2 videos to tell the whole story?
If you will post all 9 videos in one blog post, and this post ends up at the home page of your blog then your loading time will be terrible.
You don’t want to irritate your visitors. So here are couple things you can do to get your blog loading time back to normal
Split Your Post into Multiple Pages
You can split your long blog post into several pages, so each video will be on a separate page. This way you’re essentially loading 9-10 pages which tell your whole story and at the same time are lightning fast in loading time.
If you think it will be difficult for you to split post into multiple pages, and it will require a lot of programming- think again.
This blog is built on WordPress platform, so I will be talking about the ways to improve blog speed on WordPress, but I am sure that other blog platforms have similar solutions.
WordPress has built-in solution for pagination.
All you have to do is type in the following piece of code in the text editor (not visual editor) exactly in the place where do you want to split the page:
That’s it. Using this code you can split your blog post into as many pages as you like. Simple, right?
There are also different WordPress plugins that offer enhanced pagination functionality. Just search for the “next page” in the WP plugin directory…
Cache Your Content
Another way to minimize the server load, save bandwidth and reduce loading time is by caching your content.
Cashing is a method of storing part of information on visitor’s computers. It’s especially important for repeat visitors. Instead of sending requests to your server each time they can use the locally stored elements (images, etc) to load your blog much faster.
There are many caching plugins available, some are simple,others offer tons of bells and whistles.
Just find the one that suits you better and install it.
Have you done these two steps? Congratulations, your blog should run much smoother now.