Why is my website slow? Here is the checklist you need to consider

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We have short attention span and it’s getting shorter and shorter with time. No one want to sit around a website taking so much time to load – who has the time! Slow websites are bad news not only for the business or website owner but also for the developer. Thousands of visitors and conversions are lost daily due to slow website. While lots of things can cause a site to be slow, here is a checklist of some of the most common causes every Website Designer and Developer should be aware of:

  • Poor quality hosting
  • Large or uncompressed image files
  • Too many image files being called
  • Bloated code
  • Extensive Inline CSS
  • JavaScript files not called asynchronously
  • JavaScript and CSS files not compressed
  • Too many database queries
  • Too many JavScript or CSS files
  • Video (especially streamed directly from your server)
  • Poorly coded HTML/CSS
  • Not using a CDN
  • Not using a cache for template files (also known as running a site in development mode)
  • Extensive third party scripts (tracking codes, pixels, Live Chat, Klaviyo, Hotjar, etc)

If you run your site through Google’s Page Speed Insights tool, you can easily find where your roadblocks are and fix them.

Let me know if you have any questions about site speed in the comments below. And also feel free to use the comments to let me know about any cause you are aware of.