Google Crowns Page-Speed King
You probably heard the news. Google recently changed the way it ranks websites and page load speed is now a top priority. That means the faster the website, the more likely it is to show up on the first page of search results. Old high-ranking websites with tons of relevant content and lots of time and money spent on SEO services may now find themselves at the bottom of the barrel if that site takes too long to load.
WordPress websites with a full load of plugins and features can be quite bulky, which has many WordPress users biting their nails. On the bright side, there are some new technologies that can greatly speed up WordPress websites without a ton of time and expense.
If you host your website with Stormhill Media you already have a leg-up in this new Google jungle. The first thing we do is host your website on WPEngine, which offers the fastest possible load times as well as superb security and a host of other features. If you don’t currently host with us, check out how to make that move.
Whether you host with us or not, we are now offering additional speed optimizing services to make your website really fly.
- Image Optimization which will reduce the size of your images, sometimes more than 75% percent. Smaller images mean greatly improved page load speed.
- WPRocket Speed Optimization, and site-shrinking techniques curated to your site’s specific needs.
Results are immediate and often drastic. Below you’ll see an example of how these methods cut one of our clients’ load times from over 2 seconds to 0.5 seconds! For Google, this could be the difference between the top page and buried at the bottom. Other sites have received a load time improvement of over 4 seconds. Of course, not all websites will have results this drastic but all of the websites we have speed optimized so far have improved in page load time at least 35%, most over 50%.
Get Speed Optimization added to your website today
If your website is hosted by Stormhill
You will be invoiced a one-time set-up fee of $39.00 plus an additional $5 per month will be added to your hosting plan.
If your website is NOT hosted by Stormhill
You will be invoiced $99 per year.
Before and After
Test Results Before Speed Optimization
Results after Speed Optimization
- Render start: The number of seconds it takes for the page to start loading.
- Visitor complete: The number of seconds it takes for all visible parts of the page to be displayed.
- Render complete: The number of seconds it takes for the page to be completely loaded.