Speed has been and still is one of the most looked after elements of a website. It is the major metric of progress today and is one of the features every web design company focuses on. Here are a few features that will help upgrade your site to the best speed for 2016.
A Content Delivery Network or CDN is a set of servers around the world that contain copies of your site’s content that include everything from images to videos to software, etc. This helps in faster loading of your site because your data loads from a server nearest to the visitor trying to gain access to your site. Your website can load faster by an average of 50% or sometimes even more! CDN also provides an improved reliability of your site because of your content being spread across multiple number of servers. This classification spares a significant portion of traffic to your web hosting server, which better protects it from crashing. Thus, CDN provides an overall faster web experience with reliability.
SSL certificates are small data files that encrypt the connection between a server and client. When installed on a server, it activates the padlock and HTTPS protocol to allow secure connections between a Web server and browser. SSL is used to secure credit card transactions, logins, data transfer and social media site browsing. SSL certificates protect all kinds of sensitive information like usernames, passwords, credit card information, etc., which helps in building customer trust that leads to improved conversion rates, which in turn increases ranking on SERPs. Now that you know all the benefits of SSL, you must also know that obtaining a certificate is very easy and free of cost with Let’s Encrypt, which eliminates all the manual processes required for obtaining a certificate. Thus, the whole process is automated and takes only a few minutes.
The new version of the World Wide Web protocol – HTTP/2 – is much efficient, fast and secure as compared to its predecessor HTTP/1. The older version was efficient when loading one large image instead of several small ones because it wasn’t able to cover multiple requests at the same time. This issue was solved by HTTP/2. Moreover, the requests are assigned dependency levels or prioritization that helps the server deliver higher priority resources faster. The performance of a website boosts up to 50% with this latest binary version of HTTP. The binary feature ensures that no additional time is wasted to translate information from text to binary. With this new version, only one connection to the server is used to load the website. And, this connection remains open as long as the file is open, which reduces the number of round trips needed to set up multiple TCP connections.
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