How to Address the Loading Issues In Magento 2?

One of the major and probably the most important issue that Magento users are facing is optimizing the loading speed in the new versions of Magento 2.0. The default settings are not good enough and hence, it’s wise to take an extra effort to lower the loading speed of your Magento 2 store.

The Magento experts at Exinent LLC have faced various issues regarding the same and have noted down the most common and important ones. 

In this guide, we will help you to spot the loading issues with Magento 2 and make your store faster and smarter. Even without the help of a developer, you can find the problems and fix them. There are simple and easy steps to be followed here. 

Let’s discuss.

Measure Your Website Speed

Before you learn how to rectify the fault, first, you need to know where your website is today in terms of speed. If your site loads slowly, you will fail to provide good user experience, even if your site ranks high in the search engines. Gradually, a slow website will slump lower and lower in the Google result page resulting in less online visibility of your website. 

Ideally, the page loading speed should definitely be less than 5 seconds. After that sweet-time-range, you start losing visitors exponentially.

#1 Optimize your Image size

If you want to run a successful e-commerce site, images play an essential role in your site speed. If your site has plenty of pictures that are not optimized, then you will face a negative impact on your websites loading speed. Oversized images slow down the page-load time. However, removing them entirely is not an option either. By reducing the size of your images, you can benefit dually – better page-load time & better attraction. 

#2 CDN server

Apart from the server that hosts your site, you can use other networks of servers to decrease the load times for your visitors. Once if your website host on one server, each user who visits your site sends requests to the same server. This represents that when your site experiences a high level of traffic, it takes some time to process as when the demand increases. At the same time, it slows down the load times for all of them. This is not at all a good idea if you think that high-traffic provides the amount of growth, which is vital for your business. 

Again, if a user is at a greater distance from your server, it takes more time to load because the information has to travel farther distance. This can be seen even when you are not experiencing lots of traffic on your site.

CDN (Content Distribution Network) is an advanced solution that helps to speed up your website. With the help of CDN static content delivery by way of caching your files on remote servers. When users request data from your site, that request directly sent to the closest server. 

#3 Minify Your Code

In some cases, your code becomes a little bit messy. When that happens, your site will take a longer than expected time to load. Sometimes, if you customize your site with CMS or a website builder, then you may see some unwanted line breaks, spaces and other elements that complicate the code. To avoid this, you can use WordPress. A plugin like Better WordPress Minify will help to minimize your code. If you are using any of the caching plugins, even then you may select a minify option.

If you are not using a CMS content management system, you can decrease your code by using a Pagespeed Insights Chrome Extension. This assists you to create a minimized version of your code, so you can learn which version is faster. 

It’s a good idea to minimize your CSS and Javascript files as well. Instead of keeping multiple different folders, you can hold your CSS and Javascript files at one place to speed up your Magento 2 store. 

#4 Remove All Plugins and ADD-ons That Hoards Resources

If your site runs with excessive plugins, you are not just slowing down the speed of your website, you are also making it prone to security risks. It is necessary to have a handful of plugins for your site to operate the way you prefer. 

You find a way to get a baseline test of your loading speed through a tool like GTMetrix or Google PageSpeed Insights. Check your plugin list and deactivate the useless ones, one at a time. Post that, conduct a speed test – the results are bound to get better.

Finding the ‘guilty’ plugins can be time-consuming but it will be benefiting at the end. Once the site is clear of those plugins, you can, actually, install better resources with better functionality.

#5 Refine Database Logs

If your store has high and stable traffic, database logs will grow hundreds of MBs with millions of data entries. This disorder will slow down Magento and then creates a space shortage if your disk is already surplus. 

You can see an option in Magento 1 where it automatically cleans up all entries older than a month. There is no similar feature in Magento 2. Many Magento users have been requesting similar feature in the new version of Magento but till date, there’s no response from Magento’s end. The only way to clean up this junk is by accessing PHPMyAdmin Panel in your hosting tools. It is tiresome work, but it enhances the page speed significantly.

What are page-loading issues are you facing? Let us know in the comments below and we will give you an easy solution. If you want some hands-on expert help, contact our team at Exinent LLC.