4 Simple Ways to Speed Up Your Website
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4 Simple Ways to Speed Up Your Website

November 16th, 2021

Earlier this year, Google’s Core Vitals update emphasized the relationship between website download times and search engine optimization (SEO). Home Builders are notorious for having slow websites. Typically, home builders use many images, have integrations with 3rd party platforms (e.g., IDX feed), and utilize site maps or floor plans. All of these elements weigh down a website’s download times. Page download speeds are important for SEO and essential to providing a superior user experience. But, increasing your website’s speed can be an in-depth project and cost $1,000s of dollars. According to a study by Strangeloop, every one-second delay in download times decreases sales by 7%, reduces page views by 11%, and causes a 16% decrease in customer satisfaction.

Here are some simple fixes you can make that won’t break the bank:

Optimize Your Images – Selling a new construction home is a visual experience. Potential buyers want to see pictures of previous projects, exteriors, interiors, and the images of the community. Simply put, the more images you have, the longer it will take to load the page. Pictures are composed of pixels. Pixels are tiny dots or squares with portions of the image on them. Like a jigsaw puzzle. The better the resolution or bigger the image, the more pixels and the slower the download times. But, images can be optimized to speed up your website without losing quality. What does optimizing mean? Simply put, optimizing images is the process of compressing image files to the smallest point without losing quality.

Adding a Content Delivery Network (CDN) – CDNs are multiple servers set up to respond to requests for information from your website based on geolocations. In other words, CDNs can send data to your website from a server closer to your location. So, if you are in Nashville and requesting information from New York, your information will be sent from a server closer to Nashville. This video from Cloudflare provides some further explanation of CDNs:


Removing Live Chat – Live Chat is a fantastic tool for capturing potential customers while they are thinking about your services. It accelerates conversions of visitors from prospects to leads by almost 15%. 75% of people prefer Live Chat over other channels. Unfortunately, Live Chat can slow down your website. In some cases, the decreased download times can be dramatic. Live Chat functions on a website by adding a plugin or widget. A plugin or widget is additional software that adds capabilities or enhances existing features. But, these plugins/widgets contain complex code. In most cases, the code will slow down your website.

So, if you have Live Chat on your website and aren’t using it, remove it. If you pull in leads, you must weigh the pros and cons of removing the feature.

Optimizing Video – Video is the easiest way to consume information on a website. Potential customers spend more time on your website, and video increases your chances of turning a prospect into a lead. But similar to images, video files are large. Videos are the largest files on a website.

If you have videos on your website, there are options. You can compress, sometimes called optimizing, the video. Also, you can move the videos to YouTube or other video services so the videos don’t “live” on your website and visitors click on a linked video. Or you can move your videos to a CDN.

Choose The Right Hosting Partner (Bonus) – Proper hosting is crucial for a fast and reliable website. It ensures maximum speed, performance, and protection against outages and security threats. With quality web hosting, you can provide an enhanced user experience, boost your online presence, and take advantage of web opportunities. Invest in the right host and maintenance for smooth and efficient website operation.

Website download speeds are becoming more critical for SEO and the user experience each year. By making these straightforward adjustments, you will improve your chances of having more visitors to your website and converting them to leads. Any digital marketing agency should be able to perform these upgrades; if you want to learn more about speeding up your website or receive a free website audit, contact Power Marketing.