We live in a modern world where fast-paced information is everything, where 40% of visitors take less than three seconds to figure out whether the website they are looking at is helpful for them or not.
Therefore, optimising HTTP for your website is crucial to ensure a speedy and smooth exchange of information between your business and visitors to keep your audience engaged and satisfied.
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In this article, we shall look at HTTP and intelligent ways to optimise and make fewer HTTP requests in wordpress.
What is HTTP?
How Does it Work?
- When a visitor browses a website, a request is sent to the website server for each piece that needs to be displayed on their browser, i.e., image, CSS, stylesheet, etc.
- When the request is made to the server, the server answers and sends back the requested piece to the visitor’s browser, and the visitor’s browser collects all the pieces together to show the visitor your website.
This communication between the server and the browser is called HTTP, i.e. WordPress HTTP request.
Note- The most crucial aspect is that the browser sends a separate request for each piece to be reflected in the visitor’s browser. That means the browser makes five separate requests if your website has five images.
How to Make Fewer HTTP Requests in WordPress
- Remove all those plugins that do not add value to your website. Also, you can use some tools for analysis to inspect HTTP requests generated by those plugins.
- Make sure you use more optimised alternatives of plugins, i.e., choose plugins that perform and function more efficiently with less resource demand.
- Another way is to resize and compress images, reduce their size and improve loading speed.
- The tool Lazy loading creates a wait to load the website, which means that not all resources(not usable immediately) are visible when a visitor first loads the page; therefore, no HTTP request is made immediately. With WordPress 5.5, if you check, it already has lazy loading for its images with an HTML loading attribute.
- You can also limit the usage of custom fonts and use system fonts. Although custom fonts surely enhance website design, every custom font also adds an HTTP request, so instead prefer limiting the number of custom fonts and consistent fonts for the title and body. Further, use the system font stack to reduce font-related HTTP requests. It’s best to make some sacrifices on design for faster loading speed.
- Prefer turning off the default WordPress emojis, it’s best to use various free turn-off emojis plugins to help you do so.
- Eliminate third-party requests, i.e., when the browser asks the server for files from other places, the site speed will depend on how fast the other server responds, adding an extra request to other servers and affecting the website’s speed; therefore, it is best to reduce the third-party request.
- You can combine Image with CSS Sprites, i.e., putting different pictures into a single image( it’s about making your site faster by handling requests smartly)
Therefore, all businesses must optimise their HTTP request in WordPress, as a delay of just a few seconds means a significant drop in visitors.
With the help of the above strategies, you can easily enhance your website speed, contributing to a faster and more engaging online experience for visitors.