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Joomla 3.x. How to speed up your website

This tutorial will show you how to speed up your Joomla based website.

You should note that loading speed of your website depends on hosting provider, server performance, location of server, bandwidth allocation in particular area (particular country or continent), ISP and it’s connection settings, clients’ network settings.

By default, Joomla isn’t slow but you can do a lot to optimize it and achieve the great speed for your site. Below you will find the most essential actions you can take to speed up your Joomla 3 website.

  1. Keep Joomla engine and all the extensions updated. Make sure to have full website backup prior performing updates;

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  2. Enable Joomla caching. To do this, login to your Joomla dashboard and navigate to System > Global Configuration. Click on the System tab to get to the caching settings;

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  3. Find the Cache label and click on the drop-down next to it. Please, select the ON – Conservative caching option from the list;

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  4. Save the changes;

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  5. Go to Extensions > Plugins. Activate the ‘System – Cache‘ plugin;

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  6. Enable the Joomla Compression. To do this, navigate to System > Global Configuration. Open the Server tab;

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    Note! In some cases enabling the GZIP compression may cause errors. The most probable reason for such errors is that GZIP is either not installed or not configured correctly on your server. Please, contact your hosting provider for further assistance.

  7. Remove unused and unoptimized extensions, as each extension added to your website requires additional system resources;

  8. Reduce your images size. Never use large photos and then scale them using HTML – it takes the browser time to scale the images and they look worse than the original.

In case your website still loads slowly, contact your hosting provider.

Feel free to check the detailed video tutorial below:

Joomla 3.x. How to speed up your website