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How to Make Fewer HTTP Requests in WordPress (Boost Site Speed Easily)

How to Make Fewer HTTP Requests in WordPress (Boost Site Speed Easily)

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The more HTTP requests your site has, the slower it’s going to load. So if you can reduce the number of HTTP requests and optimize how they load, you can improve your website’s performance. In this post, we’ll take you through everything you need to know about how to make fewer HTTP requests on WordPress. We’ll start with a basic introduction to HTTP requests, why they matter, and how to analyze your WordPress site’s requests. Then, we’ll share some tips and strategies that you can implement to reduce your site’s requests. In addition to helping you with the “Make Fewer HTTP Requests” message in GTmetrix, these strategies will also help with the “Avoid chaining critical requests” message in Google PageSpeed Insights. Prefer to watch the video version? What Are HTTP Requests? When you build a website, it has a lot of different parts. You have the different image files that you use on a page, the CSS stylesheets that control how content looks, the JavaScript files that add all that cool functionality, and so on. When someone visits your website, their browser needs a way to download all of the resources required for that page from your server. To do that, it makes HTTP requests to the server for each individual resource. For example, it might say, “hey server, I need that coolimage.png file” and “hey server, I also need the CSS stylesheet for that contact form plugin“. The server then responds to those requests with the files in question. Once the web browser gets those files, it can assemble the web page for your visitor. Of course, it’s a little more complicated than that, but that’s the basic idea. HTTP, short for Hypertext Transfer Protocol, is how these computers (the visitor’s browser and your webserver) communicate. One important thing to understand is that each separate element is a separate HTTP request. For example, if you have five image files on a webpage, the browser needs to make five separate HTTP requests, one for each image. Similarly, if you use four WordPress plugins and each plugin adds its own CSS stylesheet, the visitor’s browser will need to make four separate HTTP requests, one for each plugin’s stylesheet. Why Is It Important to Reduce HTTP Requests? In general, the more HTTP requests your website has, the slower it’s going to load. So if you want to make your website load faster, you need to optimize and reduce the number of HTTP requests that your site requires. While this is a bit of an oversimplification, the basic idea is that the web browser will only display the website to your visitor once it’s finished downloading all of the HTTP requests (though there are some tactics to tell the browser it’s ok to wait for certain files). So if a website has to make 70 HTTP requests before it can display the page, that’s going to take longer than if it has to make 40 HTTP requests. Additionally, some HTTP requests will “block” other HTTP requests, which means that the browser can’t start downloading certain HTTP requests until it finishes downloading the HTTP requests before it. Bottom line is: when you make fewer HTTP requests, you make your website load faster.  » Read More

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