It is fine to have an un-optimized website if you just started and you have let’s say five pages and 1000 visits per month. Like if you build a track you don’t care about the weight of each bolt you use. But once you build an Airbus A380 each and every detail matters!
This is also true for websites. For big websites performance optimization becomes a crucial part of website development. And it is not just one time process that you complete and that’s all. For each new feature that you want to add, you should ask for making it as optimal as possible. Meaning, less traffic, less page load time, less database space, less blocking code, less less and less!
My personal experience shows that website owners start to think about optimization, when the website stops working at all! Now imagine, what is the first thing that comes to website owners mind when they first face performance problems?
-We should buy more disk space and more processing power from hosting company!
NO, no no! This is an expensive and temporary solution! No server will help you if your website is programmed in a poor way.
If you want to analyze your website performance by your own, you can use free tools like Google Pagespeed. It will find problematic areas of your website and offer changes that will fix them. The only problem of all online tools is that they analyze only the “visible” part of your website. They of course cannot analyze your database queries, file organization, caching capacities, database structure and PHP code.
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