To make sure if you’re running into these problems, you need to check your website’s performance by conducting a speed test.
There are many websites like Pingdom, GTMetrix and Google PageSpeed Insights that will help you to do that. All you have to do it put your website link, and click Analyse.
Here are the examples of our testing site results:
Ideally, the result should be within the green categories (fast). Or at least, ensure that your site is not in the red category. If that happens, take immediate action.
Implementing the latest technology like HTTP/2 is always beneficial. If your hosting provider supports it — as Hostinger does — you might not need to combine files because it supports parallel downloads.
Released in 2015, HTTP/2 — Hypertext Transfer Protocol version 2 — was developed as an enhanced version of HTTP/1.1 which has been the standard of online communication since 1989. The enhancement of the new protocol is intended to:
- Improve page load speed
- Enable parallel downloads
- Enable multiplexing
- Make compression of request headers
- Head-of-line or package blocking
This new version has several methods to reduce latency which will impact the overall website performance.
One of the best plugins to do so is Autoptimize.
While you can use it for free, you can get its premium versions for more features: Autoptimize Pro Configuration ($167) and Complete Speed Optimisation ($671.74).
In addition to that, if you want to combine CSS files, you can also enable the Optimise CSS Code option. If you’re using CDN, you can put all the options enabled including the CDN options.
Loading speed is very important for any website. If you face any problems in this department, try and fix it as soon as possible.
If you want to avoid unexpected errors, using a plugin is recommended for the task. Autoptimze is one of the great WordPress plugins for that. Once installed, it will optimize your website automatically.