its no wonder that we all hate waiting. We are living in a busy world and we don’t have time to waste. Since most of us spend time online, it’s necessary that these websites load up quickly. There are several things that a webmaster can do to speed up his site. But on free platforms like Blogger, you don’t have much control over your site’s back-end. Therefore, there are only some things you can do to speed up your blogger blog. We will discuss some of those tips in this post.
Limit number of posts on blogger homepageChanging the number of ads displayed on blogger website can have a significant effect on the site’s load time. Reduce the number of posts displayed on blogger homepage to speed up loading time. To change the number of posts displayed on blogger homepage go to the Layout tab and click the edit button next to “Blog Posts” section. You will see an option to change the number of posts there.Note: Blogger has a size limit of 1 Mb on the homepage. If some gadgets/posts failed to load, it’s likely that you exceeded the size limit.
Add line breaks even if you are using Auto ReadmoreThe line break feature on blogger posts ensures that only the content before the line break gets loaded. Thus, a post summary can be displayed on the home page. Most of the new blogger themes come with an Auto Readmore functionality. But that feature is different from the one we are talking about. The Auto Readmore script automatically hides content after a specified number of characters. This will help you to get uniformly sized post summaries on your homepage. But Auto Readmore function loads the entire post and then displays its post summary which doesn’t help you reduce page load time. Therefore always add a line break after your first paragraph even if your template supports Auto Readmore.
Compress all imagesImages take up a lot of bandwidth to load. Therefore, it’s important to compress your images before uploading them to your site. There are several online image compressors like smush.it, jpeg-optimizer or image-optimizer but I personally prefer photoshop to compress any images to significantly reduced sizes. You should also make sure to upload all images to your blog rather than hotlinking the image. Thus, all your images will get instantly loaded from Google’s fast servers.
Reduce the number of widgetsSome widgets take up a lot of bandwidth to load. You should make sure that only the most important widgets stay. Some widgets may be locked and can’t be deleted, learn how to delete the locked blogger widgets.
Avoid too many adsToo many ads could slow down your site, therefore, reduce the number of ads on each page. Use async ads when available thus, they will get loaded only after the site loads.
Use fast loading templatesIf your website is still slow after trying all these suggestions, then the chances are that your site is poorly coded. In such cases, switching to new fast themes proves useful. But changing themes should be done carefully to avoid search engine penalties and other risks.
Remove background imagesStock photos may look great as background images but they take up a tonne of bandwidth. Try changing the background images of your site, widgets, etc. to solid colours or to repeating patterns.