Clicking a website link calls upon a host of actions that are performed in the background. For you, it might be a simple click. But for your browser, a gamut of technical instructions will be queued. These “behind the scenes” actions include the loading of images and textual content that the webpage consists of. That means, your browser constantly requests and receives files through what are called as HTTPS requests. These requests communicate with the browsers of your visitors that each bit of information that is shared between the website and the visitors’ browser is secure and encrypted. However, such requests have a bearing on the page load times, jeopardizing the user experience and the website performance.

In line with this scenario, it is important to note that from July 2018, upcoming version 68 of chrome browser makes it compulsory for all HTTP sites to be upgraded to HTTPS so as to do away with the ‘non-secure’ warning.

In an attempt to avoid this red flag, it is the need to go in to enable https with trusted certificate authority Comodo SSL Certificates, remain cheapest in price. Alternatively, you need to concentrate on improving the speed of your website so as to give a push to your bottom line. With an intent to secure your website from delayed page loads, here is the “to do” list to bring down the number of HTTPS requests for your WordPress website can also reduce their occurrences.

How Page Loading Impacts the Performance of Your Website?

Your WordPress website will take longer to load since it has to transfer all the files along with images and videos to the browsers of your visitors. Studies indicate that about 40% of users become impatient when a website takes more than 3 seconds to load. The ripples of a page taking longer to load by even a second can adversely affect your bottom line by causing a 7% drop in conversions.

However, to optimize your page speed, you need not minimize the number of images or videos that are meant to better the user experience. You should look out for other means to ensure that your website loads faster even with volumes of information that will be shared between your website and the visitors’ browsers. That means you should track the HTTPS server requests closely so as to cut down their appearances.

How to identify number of HTTPs requests?

Firstly, it is important to quantify the number of HTTPS requests your WordPress website makes. With this basic information in hand, you can take remedial action so as to ensure that your website loads fast, ultimately paving the way for an enhanced user experience.

A host of browser Developer tools are now available with Google Chrome. So all those users of Chrome can make use of these tools to check the number of HTTPS requests your website makes every time it loads.

You may follow the below-described step-by-step instructions to identify the number of HTTPS requests your browser generates.

  1. Right click the page you want to check and click the “Inspect” button. After that, you need to select the “Network” tab.

 

  1. This action opens the Network panel along with a complete listing of all the network activities of your WordPress webpage.

 

  1. In order to check the activity during the webpage loading, you need to refresh the page leaving the network panel open. This action will help you lay hands on the number of real-time HTTPS requests that are getting generated during page loads.

 

  1. A table comes up, displaying a number of rows and columns filled with data. If you notice the left column, you will find that it enlists all the files that are required for your WordPress page to show up. All the remaining columns come with their befitting column names. While the “Size” column has the size details of every file, you can check the “Time” column to see how long a file on the page takes to load. The “Waterfall” column is a collection of all the network requests that your browser is generating.

 

  1. To get the actual number of HTTPS requests your browser is making, you simply need to go to the left corner at the bottom of the page. The number that is displayed there denotes the total number of HTTPS requests.

 

In an attempt to benchmark the loading speed of your WordPress site, you can also rely on a host of tracking tools like PageSpeed Insights, Pingdom and GTmetrix.

The Eradication of Technical Glitches

After completing this spade work, you can now proceed to take remedial action against the increased number of HTTPS requests given out by your WordPress site.

Here are the actionable pointers that will help you and your users experience faster WordPress page loads.

  1. Combine All Your CSS, HTML and JavaScript Files

Primarily, you should understand that every file your site processes leads to increased HTTPS requests. In an attempt to nip off such HTTPS requests coming from multiple CSS, HTML and JavaScript files, it will be an intelligent move to minimize and concatenate them. By doing this, you will not only bring down the number of files that should be loaded but also cut down the total size of files that your WordPress site needs.

  1. Unlock the Power of a Content Delivery Network

A Content Delivery Network, popularly known as CDN is a congregation of servers located across the globe. These servers save the static content of your WordPress site including CSS and JavaScript files along with images. When visitors click your website link, a CDN that is in close proximity to their physical location is set into action. Since closer distances lead to faster page loads, CDNs come in as a boon to speed up your WordPress site. All those websites which generate international traffic can make the most of a CDN.

  1. De-Clutter Your Site

The number of plugins that your site has is inversely proportional to the loading time. Avoiding to include your own style sheets is another way to shorten the waiting list to your website. You need to de-clutter your site by running through your plugin list and retain only essential plugins and discarding the rest. It is all about including only the essential elements while you begin to de-install unnecessary web items.

It is also a proactive move to deactivate all those features that you hardly use. By following these regular cleanup actions, you will help your WordPress site to load faster, getting rid of unwanted themes as well. You can check out the spring-cleaning ebook along with WP Asset CleanUp. Both these options which are Page Speed Optimizers enable your WordPress site to load faster.

  1. Keep A Close Watch on Images and Optimize Them

Needless to mention, images are files that constantly drain the speed of your website, increasing the load on your webpage. But you can’t get away with a page without images. Images are the lifeblood of a website offering enhanced visitor engagement when compared to plain black and white text.

Hence minimalism is the key to ensure that you retain only those images that are essential to your site. Additionally, remove all those images that are unnecessarily floating on your site. Optimizing images through the Imagify plugin is an intelligent move.

  1. Activate the “Lazy Loading” Plugin

By now you have understood that images are both a boon and a bane to your WordPress site. You need them and yet you don’t want your page to be burdened by unnecessary images. An actionable tip here is to activate the “Lazy Loading” plugin; a positive feature that prompts the JavaScript to load only those images that are within the view of the visitor.  That means, this plugin practically delays the loading of images until the user scrolls to them.

  1. Prune Down External Resources

Another important point that needs to be understood about HTTPS requests is that they don’t emerge exclusively from your WordPress site. Certain external resources like custom fonts, social media counters and buttons, external images and embedded videos also lead to increased HTTPS requests. So it is for you to limit these external scripts as well. Only when you dispassionately eliminate all those resources that negatively impact the speed of your WordPress site will you be able to offer faster speed to your visitors.

It is a smart move to go back to the Network Panel of your Chrome browser to identify third party integrations. Once you identify the pain points caused by many social media platform integrations, you will be armed to take corrective against those that are slowing down your website speed.

  1. Asynchronous Loading of JavaScript and CSS Files

You need to be watchful of JavaScript and CSS files that are not asynchronous. The trick here is to either make them asynchronous or defer their loading. Given the fact that a page loading command is executed with a top-down approach, all the assets of your WordPress site are loaded from top to bottom.

Making the CSS and JavaScript files asynchronous is a step towards improving the speed of your webpage. As soon as the browser needs to execute an asynchronous CSS or JavaScript file, this file will begin to load simultaneously with the other assets.

You can also initiate the deferring of files. This is a process of moving files to another location of the page for them to load completely. By following the deferring tactic, your page will start loading without queuing up the JavaScript file to load completely.

Conclusion

All in an attempt to monitor page speed closely, the above tips and tools help you make the most of the website building capabilities of WordPress. Alongside enhancing the user experience through beautiful images and themes, you can employ a host of effective plugins that will optimize the page speed so that you can enjoy better conversion rates. With all these actionable pointers in place, you can better manage the performance of your website by taking well-informed decisions.

 

 

 

 

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