Having set up your Joomla website, it’s time to increase its speed so as to increase traffic and the way you can speed up Joomla is by optimizing your website.
Optimizing your Joomla website is essential as it affects everything from your traffic, conversions, revenue, and even your SEO ranking.
Although, this optimization might need extra consciousness and dedication it definitely isn’t over tasking as it might sound.
Below are a few tips to help your Joomla speed optimization so as to be assured of return visitors. Return visitors are very important because they make up a huge percentage of your conversions.
1. Always update Joomla extensions and core
You have to keep updating your Joomla extension and core to ensure a faster and effective website.
To update to the newest version, you can either click on “update now” when it pops up on your dashboard or you can manually update it.
Just navigate to “components” then “Joomla update”. Remember to back up your website before this process.
To update your Joomla extensions, under settings navigate to “extensions” then to “manage” and lastly “update“
2. Enabling Joomla cache
There is some powerful cache built-in already which you can enable. Cache helps in a way that the server does not have to look up all information requested in the database every single time a page is requested.
Now this increases the speed of the page and reduces page load time which in turn reduces bounce rates.
All you have to do is enable “cache setting” under “global configuration” found in the setting. After which you need to enable Joomla page cache plugin by navigating to “extensions” then “plugins”.
3. Content Delivery Network (CDN)
Implementing CDN with Joomla for beginners is an easy way to speed up Joomla and instantly see decreased load times.
This would ensure you are serving your visitors all your assets like product images from multiple locations around it world. Also, making them delivered faster to your visitors.
4. Image optimization
Did you know an average of 56% of a website’s page weight is made up of images? Images weight a lot and slows down page response.
Therefore, optimizing images can help reduce your page load time and speed up Joomla. However, there is no built-in option for image compression with Joomla so you would have to resize your images beforehand in tools like photoshop.
7. Clean up Joomla
Sometimes you might have issues where your database tables need to be repaired and optimized. Joomla doesn’t have a feature built-in for this but you can easily do it via phpMyAdmin.
CSS and JS optimization is the process of removing unnecessary or redundant code in CSS, JS files to reduce file size then joins CSS and JS files then a number of requests will be decreased.
In the General setting of the framework, enable CSS and JS optimization, you can exclude files for optimization then save the setting, that’s it.
9. Make your Joomla website mobile friendly
Responsive designs are trending now, your site must look great in most widely used devices: tablet, mobile and well performed in those devices. You can use Google PageSpeed insights to check how your site is performing on mobile and all issues should be fixed.
10. Choosing Good web hosting
Choosing a web hosting that is best suitable for your site demand: web space, monthly traffic, data transfer, backup, database type support, CDN, etc.
A good web hosting goes a long way in optimizing your Joomla website.
How do I know if my Joomla is optimized?
It’s quite easy to check how your site is performing, if your site loading time is high then the performance is bound to be low. However, loading time can be affected by many things even the internet connection of yours can make a good site load slow. Best is to choose online tools to check such parameters, there are lots of such tools, I select Google PageSpeed Insights. The tool provides the overall status of your site, the analysis is provided in detail and even the suggestions to fix the found issues.
We hope this was helpful! Have you tried other ways not captured in this article? Please share in the comment section.