W.E.B.S Ltd
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Phoenix Aromas
Phoenix Aromas
16:23 12 May 22
Knowledgable team who created a custom theme for our WordPress website and built a custom product database for us to manage technical products. Easy to work with and efficient in their workflow. Would recommend.read more
Gary Hughes
Gary Hughes
15:21 21 Dec 21
Our company have used W.E.B.S Ltd for many years and found the quality of the work to be very good, we have recently had them develop an app for our engineering department and they have walked us through the app very professinally and been extremely responsive when we have required changes.read more
Star Eastern
Star Eastern
10:44 28 Mar 20
I have worked with Justin for long period.To work with him is very easy and he always provide you the GREAT services.Recommend him A+++++++++++++read more
Elliott Callahan
Elliott Callahan
15:02 27 Sep 19
Excellent service from a very knowledgeable provider. WEBS has helped me immensely with my business website, social media presence as well as a whole host of other areas. Could not recommend anyone else for your business. Always there to answer any issues you may have and is super helpful in advising you on the best methods to boost your business’ online appearance. 5 Stars!read more
Pete Brown
Pete Brown
09:17 14 Jun 19
I have had my current website for a number of years thinking it was okay but when Justin designed me a new one I couldn’t believe the difference.It is very unique and i have had lots of feedback from friends and customers as to the positive change.He is patient, adaptive to change and very skilled in his profession.I believe my business will benefit solely from this change in Website.I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.read more
Bill McElhinney
Bill McElhinney
15:13 20 Feb 19
Excellent service from WEBS. They built two websites for me in WordPress and ran a successful SEO campaign over a 12 month period. Justin is very tech savvy and manages all my domains, web hosting and DNS, plus I recently moved onto the G-Suite platform for business email. Overall, I would recommend this company as being efficient, reasonably priced and highly competent.read more
Hazel Bate
Hazel Bate
13:14 21 Dec 18
The website Justin wrote for me looks really impressive and I’m getting great positive feedback from others looking at it. I’m sure it will help my business with moving forward. Justin was very quick at doing any work requested, even when he had other commitments, with patient professionalism and efficiency. I thought his development costs were very fair too. His support of my old website was always reliable and good advice given. Thank you Justinread more
Roger Ellis
Roger Ellis
11:40 27 Sep 18
I have worked with Justin and WEBS Limited for more years than I care to remember. He designs all of my websites and is my top “guru” when any internet related issues arrive. I have found him thoroughly professional, incredibly knowledgeable, easy to work with – and his rates are very competitive. 100% recommended. The best in the game in my view.read more
Louise Lee
Louise Lee
10:25 21 Sep 18
In May 2016 I was not a client of WEBS but that didn’t prevent Justin from leaping into action with no notice at all. My website had been hacked and in no time at all Justin had created a temporary solution and gave sound, sensible advice as to how to deal with the hack. For me it was an anxiety ridden morning, for Justin, it’s just what he does, with ease, grace and expertise.Roll forward a few years and Justin is still expertly doing his stuff and whenever I make ridiculous requests, he suggests the correct solution. Justin is always working to make my site better, to encourage more visitors and he suggests practical ways to achieve this. He spent a lot of time helping and researching my SEO and suggesting blogs I could write. Justin gives me frequent updates on the website’s performance and is always at the end of a phone if I want to discuss anything. For all things webby, Justin is my trusted advisor and I always recommend him where possible.If ever you’ve worked with a web designer or SEO expert and you feel either bamboozled or as if it’s all smoke and mirrors, go to Justin because he expertly guides you through every part of the process and gives practical support and advice.read more
Lee Paul Heron
Lee Paul Heron
20:12 07 Sep 18
I’ve been a customer of W.E.B.S Ltd for over ten years now, and I have no intention of moving elsewhere. They have hosted multiple business websites, personal websites and email services for me over the years, with almost no issues, and better than 99.9% uptime. Excellent quality, fast, reliable servers, and quick expert support on hand whenever needed. I would have no hesitation in recommending Justin and the team. Thank you all, and best wishes for another ten years.read more
Darrin Bonfield
Darrin Bonfield
09:10 07 Sep 18
Justin at WEBS I have personally known for several years of which I then gave the task to build and design my Martial Arts website. This has turned out to be a viable asset to my business and has been built and maintained to a very high and professional standard.I can’t recommend Justin highly enough as his knowledge for web design, technical support and fault diagnosis is 2nd to none. If your looking at investment for your business with total confidence give Justin a call you won’t regret it!!DarrinNTKD Schools.read more
Patrick Marston
Patrick Marston
07:35 07 Sep 18
I’ve always found W.E.B.S Ltd to be highly skilled website designers, developers and marketing specialists that are incredibly helpful with any technical issues I’ve had, replying speedily with a solution. W.E.B.S Ltd also communicate relatively complex tasks into easy-to-understand terms that allows you to maintain your own website too, which is very useful. I can’t recommend these guys enough.read more
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How fast does your website load?

When was the last time you checked a website optimisation report and do you know what you can do to speed it up?

Read our post to identify ways to make your website load lightening fast and improve the effectiveness of your website.

The time it takes for your web pages to load is important, now more than ever before. Unlike 10 + years ago, the primary method for accessing the internet is via mobile devices. Connectivity to the internet is constantly improving and with 4G, it’s almost outperforming rural home based broadbands but the fact is this: make your site load fast or risk losing visitors.

Key Factors for Websites

  1. Fast Loading Pages
  2. Mobile Friendly
  3. UX Enhanced
  4. Secure Pages served over HTTPS

The first step is to find out how well your website loads. To do this, we recommend using GT Metrix and Google Page Insights which will let you know how fast your site loads and areas which can be improved.

The first step is to identify what can be adjusted to improve the page load times.

Web pages should load faster than 5 seconds

This is trickier than it sounds, as the speed of your page depends on numerous factors. It’s far easier to make a fast loading page with simple text content, than one which is media rich with news, multiple images, video embeds etc.

The time it takes for a page to load depends on:

  • Code quality of your website
  • Images Forms and Compression Levels
  • CSS / JS Files
  • Plugins and Routines
  • Caching Tools
  • Use of CDN
  • Server website is hosted on

Good HTML code without errors improves SEO

The speed will also vary, depending on which base system / framework you use. The quality of the coding will directly influence the page load times.

A common CMS (Content Management System) is WordPress. We use WP for our own website and although we like it, out of the box, WordPress is NOT fast. Luckily, there are ways to improve the performance but it takes knowledge of the system and various software plugins to improve page load times.

When we first built the site below, it ranked C and D in GT Metrix which is typical, but not good enough.

GT Metrix

Example website optimisation report from GT Metrix

GT Metrix Website Optimisation report before improvements

We can see, the overall page load speed isn’t too bad. It’s under 5 seconds which is a good thing, but there is room for improvement.

Identifying the problems and rectifying the issues

To improve page load times and ultimately the UX (User Experience) of your website, it’s beneficial to run a GT Metrix report and work your way through the listed issues, correcting them as you go and re-running the report until you reach a satisfactory point.

It is important to test your website constantly as you go to make sure nothing breaks!

The report below, demonstrates what we aim to achieve for sites once optimisation has been carried out.

GT Metrix Website Opimisation report after improvements made

Visitors are far more likely to use a website which loads fast and is easy to navigate, than one which takes ages to load each page and is hard to navigate.

Google Page Speed

Google’s Page Speed tool measures the performance of a page for mobile and desktop compliance. When it runs, it collects the URL in two modes, calculating results for mobile and desktop devices independently and outputs a score between 0 and 100 for each.

A higher score indicates better compliance. For example, 85 or higher confirms your site is OK and should be a benchmark to aim for. Anything lower, as with GT Metrix, investigate the alerts, research them and address them.

Analyse, Research and Optimise

The report from GPS will advise elements needing attention:

  • time to above-the-fold load: Elapsed time from the moment a user requests a new page and to the moment the above-the-fold content is rendered by the browser.
  • time to full page load: Elapsed time from the moment a user requests a new page to the moment the page is fully rendered by the browser.

PageSpeed Insights only consider the network-independent aspects of page performance:

  • server configuration
  • HTML structure of your pages
  • use of external resources (images, JavaScript, and CSS)

Working your way through the reports in either GT Metrix and / or Google Page Speed should improve the relative performance of your pages.

Top Tips for tweaking your site(s)

Running the reports, is the first stage. This gives you the information you need, to be able to take it to the next stage. If you know what you are doing, this is fairly routine stuff, but more often than not, the DIY user ‘has a go’ but can easily break things.

Here are some of my tips for optimising your website and web pages

Take a Backup … 

PLEASE do this and don’t forget. Yes, it’s boring and additional work BUT before you start adding plugins, adjusting code and tweaking your site, grab a backup ‘just in case’ …

*As an alternative, consider cloning the live site to test your adjustments on a development copy. If you are on CPanel, Softaculous allows quick and simple website cloning to allow you to run a development version of your website.

Optimising WordPress?

Many of the elements which need fixing in the GT Metrix and Google Page Speed reports can be influenced by installing the excellent plugin, W3 Total Cache. You can search for this in your website admin plugin area.

There are two modes in W3TC

  • Automatic
  • Manual

For ‘most’ people, the automatic mode will be a simple switch on and forget job. It will have a positive effect on your website load times and GT Metrix report.

The manual mode allows much more fine control over Caching and Minification as well as CDN which are all factors that will be noted in your website optimisation reports. Configuration of these will require more advanced information, which I will cover in a future post, specific to configuring W3 Total Cache for WordPress.

Once you have your backup (database and website structure), my advise is to:

  1. Keep a log of changes you make so you can revert to a previous setting if things play up
  2. Work through the optimisation reports, dealing with each red flag /warning and read the suggested tips
  3. Implement each stage one at a time and test, then test again
  4. If minimising JS or CSS, make SURE you clear website and system cache to ensure you load latest version
  5. Run a Fresh Report after changes added to website to review the changes

I do not plan to get into the realms of CDN (Content Delivery Network) and advanced settings for W3 Total Cache in this post, as I plan to cover that in my next post. However, it is something you should be considering and it will help you achieve a better grade and improved page speed. Adding a CDN can be done at a later stage.

Need help with Website Optimisation?

This is a technical side to SEO and something not everyone is comfortable with. By using GT Metix and Google Page Speed, you can find out what issues slow your site down and spend time to learn about ways to fix them. If this is something you can’t allocate the time to, call us on 0800 756 9975 and we will be glad to assist.

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    1. Definitely. I am working on one at the moment and the page speed is affected because of the server side settings. Moving the site from a low spec shared hosting environment onto a dedicated, high spec server improved the performance of the site significantly.

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