Website Bouncer WordPress – Your Guide to Site Speed Optimization
Most people have heard of the ‘Silence of the Lambs’ now-infamous character ‘Buffalo Bill’ who, in the opening sequence of the film, explains that “a dull pain has kept me awake at night. The kind that only a sharp punch in the stomach can relieve. The kind that makes you pray for a quick death so you can escape the anguish.” This is often attributed to syphilis, but the character actually had neurosyphilis which is more commonly known as ‘general paresis’. This is a form of the disease in which a person experiences paralysis and is unable to move any part of their body. It was also the precursor to the more famous Mad Cow Disease.
So what is ‘site speed’ and why should I care? Simply put, site speed is the time it takes for a website to load or ‘bounce’ on a screen.
In today’s world, everyone has a mobile phone in their hands, and most people check their emails and social media accounts on their phones because they are more accessible there. This means that you are competing for attention with other apps and websites that load faster than yours. In order to keep your customers and potential customers engaged with your brand, you need to make sure that they have a good impression when they visit your site.
There are many factors that could cause your site to load slowly including, but not limited to:
- The server that you are hosting your website on
- The type of content that you are displaying, whether it is images or text
- Larger files such as map images or PDFs that you are using
- The number of plugins that you are using on the site
- The type of browser that your visitors are using (Safari, Chrome, Firefox)
- The type of devices (mobile or desktop) that your visitors are using
- Whether or not you are enabling HTTPS (secure sockets layer)
Websites perform better when loaded with a secure connection (HTTPS) because they are not stored or transmitted over plain text links like an unsecured network connection (http). With unsecure connections, your personal information such as credit card numbers and login details are at risk of being intercepted by hackers and identity thieves. In a nutshell, avoid sharing your personal information online unless you are using a secured connection.
How Do I Optimize My Site Speed?
So you have decided that your site speed is a concern and you need to address the issue. Congratulations! We are glad that you are thinking about your website performance and how to make it faster.
The first step is to diagnose the problem by performing analytics on your website traffic. There are free tools like Google Analytics that you can use to track the performance of your site. By understanding these numbers, you can then determine what changes you need to make to improve your site speed.
The problem is that most business owners and website entrepreneurs don’t have the time to manually track every aspect of their website’s performance. That is where tools like Hootsuite’s Content Optimizercome in.
The Content Optimizer is a free tool that makes it easy for anyone to check the performance of their content. Simply enter the URL of any page on your website and the Content optimizer will show you the key metrics.
These include things like the time it takes to load the page, bounce rate, and whether or not the page is engaging the user (e.g., keeping their attention and making them want to come back).
By using the Content Optimizer, you can save a lot of time which you can then use to optimize other areas of your site. Once you have used it to check the performance of a few pages on your site, you can then move on to making changes to increase your site speed.
Why Should I Use The Best Server To Host My Website?
This question is much more complex than it seems at first glance, so let us take our time answering it.
There are four main considerations that you need to make when choosing a web host:
Let us examine each one.
First, you want to make sure that you are paying the right price for the service. There are many hosting companies that provide a free trial, so make sure that you are not being fooled by those slick marketing tactics. Instead, look for a company that offers a money-back guarantee if you meet the right conditions. You can also try signing up for a free account with a company like Hostgator and using their profit to cancel any upcoming charges. This is a great option because it will give you a place to host your website even if you are not yet making a profit.
You also want to make sure that you are selecting a web host that is reliable. You don’t want to host your website on a server that goes down frequently because it is unreliable. To test the reliability of a web host, visit websites like pingdom.com that offer a free tool called the ‘Health Check’. Simply enter your website’s URL into the form and the test will tell you whether or not you can access the site without experiencing any technical problems.
One more tip if you are using WordPress as your content management system (CMS). If you are running a WordPress site and are worried about downtime, you should consider using a web host that is both reliable and has a great reputation.
What Is A Bouncer?
If you have ever shopped at a store that uses blocking ads or pop-up windows, you have probably seen something that looks like a bouncer. A bouncer is an individual who guards or restricts entry to a location; usually a nightclub or bar.
As the name suggests, a website bouncer prevents or limits access to adult websites and content. Once you activate the plugin, you will see a bouncer icon next to the URL in your address bar. When a user tries to visit an adult website, the plugin will stop them from doing so.
How Often Should I Update My Website’s Content?
This depends on your niche and the nature of your website. If you are creating a blog for personal use, you can probably get away with posting once or twice a week. If you are trying to grow your blog so that you can attract paying customers, you will need to post at least twice a day if you want to keep up with the competition.
The key is to pick a schedule that works for you and stick with it. Most personal bloggers that I know update their content at least once a week because it is very easy for them to post on a consistent basis. As you get more experienced, you will find your own rhythm and can begin to plan posts weeks in advance to have just the right content at the ready when you need it.
In terms of content strategy, you should aim to post on a semi-regular basis. This will help keep your readers engaged and hopefully attract new subscribers to your channel. In addition, you can use online planners such as Hootsuite’s Calendar to help you maintain a steady stream of content.
Should I Host My Website On My Own Or Should I Use A Cloud Host?
The choice is yours. While it is possible to run a perfectly functioning website using only your own computer’s resources, there are certainly benefits to using a web hosting service.
One of the main advantages of using a web host is reliability. If you have ever tried to run a website yourself, you will know how difficult it can be to keep things functioning smoothly. If you are using a shared hosting service, the odds of experiencing downtime are significantly reduced. In addition, you no longer have to worry about the server collapsing under the load (this sometimes happens with self-hosted websites when they become extremely popular).
What is more, you can use a web host to experiment with different types of content and implement A/B testing to determine the best performing version of a website.
In conclusion, using a web host provides many advantages, and it would be a shame to not take advantage of them. When choosing a web host for your website, make sure to look for a company with a good reputation and offers a money-back guarantee.