How To Check Server Response Time And Reduce It
Checking the response time server
To find out the response time of website, refer to webmaster panels. The HTTP status code should be 200 OK, and the server response time should be no more than 200 ms. Ideally, it is recommended to make this indicator another 4 times less. The sooner the requested page is generated, the better it is ranked in the search results. This direct dependence of the search engine optimization on the server response speed was found in the study by MOZ specialists.
Another method of recognizing the slowness of the server response is using third-party tools. For instance, Serpstat Site Audit tool allows checking this parameter:
How to reduce server response time
Database checking. Each request to the server addresses the website database. In the hosting panel of a website, sort the tables by size and determine which of them weigh most:
Caching pages. The next time you access the server, the page will not be recreated using a series of requests. In response, the browser will be offered its previously saved copy, which will save a lot of time. In WordPress, you can use the Hyper Cache plugin for this purpose.
Server performance. To get the answer as soon as possible, it is recommended to use a dedicated IP or VPS (Virtual Private Server or dedicated server). Free hosting or server with low performance takes much more time to provide a response.
Caching scripts. These are the so-called PHP accelerators that back up commands. As a result, the next request will use a ready-made binary code, rather than a newly generated one. Here are some examples of PHP accelerators: eAccelerator, XCache, PhpExpress, OpCache.
Using third-party services. Sometimes, to obtain data, the internal server refers to a third-party uncontrolled source, which takes part in constructing the response. The response from it can go a long time or even change, as a result, the response of the server on your website will slow down. Tip: Only use internal resource requests.
Checking the duration of the server response is the first step to creating a website with quickly loading relevant pages. Test this indicator not only on the main page but also in sections, product cards, and categories. After achieving the desired result, proceed to the next step which is reducing the page loading speed.
- clean the database of trash and unnecessary options;
- create caches of pages and binary codes of the PHP connections;
- go to a high-performance server;
- delete calls to third-party resources;
- reduce the number of server requests.
To reduce server response time in WordPress, use caching, data cleaning, and server request plugins.
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