Get Your Website Up to Speed – Quick!

Facebook’s new algorithm means you need a fast website!

Facebook’s newsfeed algorithm decides what shows up when we’re scrolling through our newsfeeds, and it’s constantly being updated to improve user experience. Facebook’s latest change is favouring websites that load quickly on mobile devices. This is because over 40% of people will abandon a website if they wait over 3 seconds for it to load! 3 seconds doesn’t sound like a lot, but in this modern era if it’s not instant it’s not worth it…

Here’s what Facebook said:

With this update, we’ll soon take into account the estimated load time of a webpage that someone clicks to from any link in News Feed on the mobile app. Factors such as the person’s current network connection and the general speed of the corresponding webpage will be considered. If signals indicate the webpage will load quickly, the link to that webpage might appear higher in your feed.”

What could this really mean

Although having faster loading times for your site can’t guarantee you’ll be higher up in people’s newsfeed, that’s basically what Facebook are saying here. We also think that this is the first change that will favour Instant Articles and Canvas. If only setting up Facebook Instant Articles was as simple as they make out…

Want to increase your website speed?

Here are the 10 recommendations directly from Facebook:

  1. Minimize landing page redirects, plugins, and link shorteners
  2. Compress files to decrease mobile rendering time
  3. Improve server response time by utilizing multi region hosting
  4. Remove render-blocking javascript
  5. Use a high-quality content delivery network to reach your audience quickly
  6. Remove redundant data that does not impact how the page is processed by the browser
  7. Optimize images to reduce file size without diminishing visual quality
  8. Reduce the size of above the fold content to prioritize visual content
  9. Use asynchronous scripts to streamline page render time
  10. Dynamically adjust the content for slower connections/devices


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