Easy-to-Follow Tips to Speed Up Your Magento Store

A top reason why websites or web stores experience a high bounce rate is sluggish performance. In this digital age — where everything is available at our fingertips — most people don’t have the patience to wait around for more than a few seconds for a web page to load. It also doesn’t do to have just a part of the website optimized — customers expect a smooth experience from start to finish.

Here are some easy-to-follow tips that will help you speed up your Magento based eCommerce Store:

Optimize and compress JavaScript and CSS

Your JavaScript and CSS coding need to be optimized. Eliminate excessive code, where necessary. You can combine JavaScript and CSS into one in Magento to save some processing power on the System> Configuration> Advanced> Developer menu. In addition to that, you can compress CSS and JavaScript code installing tools like Minify JS/ CSS/ HTML which is a Magento extension by Extendware.

Use a lightweight theme and terminate unused extensions

It’s important that you use a light theme that doesn’t ask too much from the browser to speed up loading times. Also, if you have unused extensions on your store, they need to be disabled to prevent them from taking up bandwidth.

Use low-resolution images and use the Lazy Loader extension

High-definition images can slow down loading times, switch to low-resolution ones if possible. Use the Lazy Loader extension to load images on demand.

Tweak some APACHE settings

Your web server or APACHE is responsible for reading, processing and then replying to user requests. You can reduce the size of the information the server sends back significantly by enabling the “GZIP” compression method which compresses JavaScript, CSS, and HTML files. The “KeepAlives” setting should be turned on to prevent the connection between the server and browser from timing out, which saves users the time it takes to request a new connection.

Have you already tried to optimize your Magento store and failed? It may be worth your while to pay for expert help. Expert Magento developers are willing to work remotely on a short-term or long-term basis at an affordable price, so you won’t have to break the bank if you call in the professionals.