The advancements have left people devoid of patience. If one thing takes time, they easily migrate to its alternative to get done with the work. Hence, expecting your users to wait a long time, until your website downloads, is only going to let you down. The users will switch and resort to some other website for getting their work done. 40% of the users will leave if your web app takes more than two seconds to load. This will reduce the traffic on your website and pass it to your competitor’s site. Therefore, optimizing the performance of websites or web apps is the topmost priority of all businesses.
Let us look at some tips that you can use as tactics to improve your web app’s performance.
Compress large data items
Balance the traffic load
Heavy traffic on a single server can affect the performance of the web app. Hence, it is advisable to use a load balancer to not only distribute the traffic but also improve the security. You might have many web servers and each of those can be of good capacity. But having just that does not solve the problem. A load balancer is completely different and more purposeful. Load balancers, apart from balancing the load, also improve the user experience for the web apps that have not been written optimally. The scalability issues can also be solved and that too without modifying even a single line of code or server configuration. Now, as the traffic will be equally distributed across the servers, one of the servers will not be burdened heavily while others are idle. NGINX can be used as a load balancer.
Caching as a solution
Caching is a technique to speed up the delivery of content on your website. Caching can be achieved in the following ways:
- Use some CDN (Content Delivery Network) to store your content for faster and efficient delivery.
- Use faster devices to store your content.
- Make content available faster upon demands
Benefit from Key Metrics
Take assistance of key metrics to reckon which sources have high utilization and based on that mould your efforts for performance optimization. To find the bottleneck services on your web app, use the techniques of indexing metrics on caching operations. After having traced the areas of problems, you can start solving them to improve the performance. Trying to optimize the whole web app in one go, aimlessly, will not help in solving the issues.
Bundle your files
Keep your software versions up to date
You must have used the best possible set of software at the time of building your web app. Now, there are timely updates in the versions of software for fixing bugs and improving performance. As the updates leverage on compiler optimizations, they are more compatible with the advancements in hardware and other technology. So, updating versions of the software will give you enhanced capabilities.
The aforementioned tips can be used either one by one or in any combination and the improvement in the performance of your website will be vividly visible. There are many other techniques too; some of which include updating servers, reducing HTTP requests, learning from logs, etc. So, use such strategies and see the improvement not only in the performance of your web app but also in the profit earned by your business.