We are all aware of Google's page experience update due to launch next month. This will focus on creating the best browsing experience for users across the digital web. The key factors for this update include the following:
- Core Web Vitals
- Mobile Usability
- Security Issues
- HTTPS Usage
- Ad Experience
Based on the new elements involved in Google's page experience update, it is important to identify any fixes that will help you to improve the speed of your website. Here are a few suggestions on how you can improve page speed in 2021.
Improving your Page Speed
By adding just a few seconds to your page load time, your website could go from producing high ranking pages to receiving a loss in page views and conversions. As a business, generating a high conversion rate is extremely important as it can help to increase sales and improve the performance of your business. It has been proven that if your website takes more than three seconds to load, you could see a loss of almost half your visitors! Because of this, page speed has become one of the main factors that Google focuses on to determine the ranking of web pages.
A slow page speed will also affect the number of pages a search engine will be able to crawl. This will negatively impact your website indexation and could, in turn, show inaccurate results of how you perform online. As well as this, slower load speed can often result in a higher bounce rate, therefore affecting the user experience on your website.
With digital platforms constantly changing, it is important to continuously test your page speed and adjust elements to ensure you maintain a high performing website. Some factors that you should consider include:
- File Compression
- Optimise and Minimise
- Reduce Redirects
- Leverage Browser Caching
- Optimise Images
- Reduce Plugins
Optimise and Minimise
Redirects will add more time to your page loading speed which will impact the overall user experience for your customers. Google will also recognise the number of redirects on-site and will rank your website lower based on this performance.
Leverage Browser Caching
By setting an expiry date to browser caching, you can make sure that the information on your website isn't kept on a user's hard drive after a certain time. It is also important to monitor this on a yearly basis.
Optimising images by reducing their size and setting to a specific format, will help to improve your page speed. It is important to recognise that PNGs are for graphics with less than 16 colours and JPEGs are best for photographs.
You could also create templates through CSS so users don't have to wait for all images to load. Instead, just one image will combine all that you wish to show.
Large images can also steel bandwidth from more important resources so it is necessary to focus on compressing these images on your website.
Plugins help to add customer functionality, clean up code and improve user experience. However, plugins are known to affect page speed and can often create technical issues when it comes to security and other aspects. Because of this, you should only use the necessary plugins on your website.