How to Improve Site Speed on Desktops and Mobile Devices

People want results fast. Who has the time to sit around waiting for a site to load? If it takes more than a few seconds, we’ll just find the information we seek from a different, faster site.

With decreasing attention spans and more distractions and information available than ever, it’s vital that site owners improve site speed so that they can increase their page views, keep visitors engaged, and provide fluid user experiences.

Two popular ways of improving site speed are employing Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) to load your site files quickly, and optimizing your website images. Using Jetpack’s built-in Image CDN and Lazy Loading Images can greatly decrease your loading times, but there are other ways to improve site speed and provide a better overall experience for your fans on desktops and mobile devices as well.

Today we’ll be exploring a few of these methods in more detail. Read on for more!

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How Many Website Images Is Too Many?

A page with no images can look barren, but one with too many will load slowly, which might result in a high bounce rate. Kissmetrics reports that 40% of users will abandon a site that takes more than three seconds to load, and that each further second of delay results in a 7% loss in conversions.

A page with several, well-optimized images can load faster than one with a single, large image file. Finding that middle ground in terms of site images depends on multiple factors, and there are various techniques that can cut down your image load times.

Let’s take look at these factors, how you can use them to your advantage, and what limits you should observe.

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Why You Should Use Lazy Images

Speed Up Your Jetpack Site with Lazy Loading Images

When someone visits your website, you probably want them to be dazzled by your photos or wooed by its background images. You want to share visuals that will capture and hold their attention.

However, sometimes your images can take a long time to load, which might lead to decreased site traffic and lower search engine rankings.

According to Pew Research Center, the share of Americans that own smartphones is now 77%, up from just 35% in Pew’s first survey of smartphone ownership conducted in 2011. With a growing number of visitors having access to WordPress sites from their mobile devices, performance optimization is more important than ever before. If you’re not paying attention to your website’s performance, it’s like leaving money on the table.

Fortunately, you don’t need to settle for a slow site; Jetpack’s Lazy Loading images feature has got you covered.

This useful feature helps to improve the performance of your website by only loading images once they actually appear on your viewer’s screen. Enabling this tool helps reduce the total resources used by your website, which will speed it up significantly.

Today, we’ll learn more about Lazy loading images by discussing what it does to improve your website, why performance optimization is so important for WordPress websites, and how to enable it with Jetpack.

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