How to Build a Website with Fast Page Speed

When it comes to page speed loading times, every second matters. Literally. Pages that don’t appear to load instantly will send users clicking away from your website, and you will lose more users with every additional second that your pages take to load. Page speed is one of the many website performance metrics that Google considers when ranking your pages, which means that slower pages could be ranked lower. But what makes a website run fast?

Glass is here to help you understand more about how to speed up page loading, and we offer one of the best website builders to help optimize website loading speed. Track your website’s Google Core Web Vitals with Glass through the simple click of a button and one of the most intuitive content management systems on the market.

Last updated May 13, 2022

How can I build a website with fast page speed?

Fast page speed

Optimizing your page speed

Website speed optimization can involve many different parts. Below are a few key considerations to make when your end goal is fast loading time for your website.

Image compression

Images are a necessary component of a polished web design, but using too many images or images that are too large can negatively affect your page loading times. Compressing images makes them smaller, and as a result they can load faster and have less of an impact on your page speed. If you are compressing images without a good CMS, you’ll need to be careful that you don’t compress them too much or the visual quality can be compromised. 

Load images asynchronously 

Also referred to as “lazy loading,” loading images asynchronously means that loading is deferred until needed. With lazy loading, images that appear below-the-fold are not loaded until above-the-fold content has already been loaded. This makes content that is immediately visible take priority, which allows users to quickly begin scanning and interacting with the above-the-fold content.

Minify your code

When users visit your pages, three types of code are usually loaded – HTML, CSS, and Javascript. The longer your code is, the more time it will take for pages to load. Minimizing your code will remove whitespace, line breaks, and unnecessary characters that can add to page loading time. Remember, every second counts when it comes to loading speed. While shaving off a few seconds may not seem like much, keep in mind that it can significantly impact conversion rates.

How fast should my website load?

For the best results, your website should ideally load in no more than a couple of seconds. People are used to the online world of instant information, and the longer your pages take to load the more likely it is that they will bounce to another website. Try to keep your page loading speed under 2 seconds.

Choose a CMS that does the heavy lifting for you

Robust content management system

With a content management system like Glass, many considerations to a faster page speed are automatically covered for you. Glass will perform all of the above features in addition to tracking Google PageSpeed Insights on every page that you publish, providing you with comprehensive overview of each page’s First Contentful Paint (FCP), First Input Delay (FID), Largest Contentful Paint (LCP), and Cumulative Layout Shift (CLS). Glass’ page speed tracking will clearly let you know whether the page speed is good, poor, or needs improvement. 

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