How to Minimize HTTP Requests

 

Whenever you open a website on the internet, there are many technical things happening behind the scenes of a website. These technical things are mostly managed by a developer or an engineer.


The number of HTTP requests which a website makes can affect the loading time of a website, this affects the user experience, the bounce rate and many other important things.


What does HTTP request mean?


Every time when someone is visiting your website, the visitors browser will ping the servers that is being hosted. A browser will be requesting the server to send the files which are available on a website. These files can contain anything video, text, images or all of them. This type of request is named as an HTTP request.

 


For every request by the visitor to visit a page the browser will need a seperate HTTP request for each single file on the website. If the website is not having many number of files then the time taken will not be very long however if the website is having large number of files. The number of HTTP requests also become more.


Some of the ways by which a user can reduce the Websites HTTP Requests are as follows:


Checking the Number of HTTP request a Website is making


There are many tools available online and moreover there is google chrome network panel as well which makes it easier for the user for checking the number of HTTP request a website is making. Its one of the best ways of checking whats there on the page what is the reason for taking a long time.


This will be showing you all the files that a browser had to request as well as transfer for downloading the page, it will also be showing you the time at which it had happened.


Removing the images which are not Required


By this time you will be having an idea of which are the files which are taking too long to load, this includes the image file as well. The best and the easiest way for reducing the number of requested images is by eliminating the unnecessary images.


Images are a great source, which adds value to a website however they also brings a strong visual experience on the website. But if there is any image on the website which is not having much importance you can just eliminate them.

 

Checking Other Parts of the Page which are Contributing to Website Speed


Cutting the images and compressing it is an initial step for reducing the HTTP requests and the page loading time as well. But one must check if there is anything else which is contributing to the slowness of the website.  There could be a video on your website which is adding few seconds to load a page. Hence from here you can come to know if it's necessary to keep files in your website or not.


Combining the CSS files together


Each and every CSS files that is being used for the website will add to the number of the HTTP requests the website will require this will add the time for a web page to load. The best that can be done is by combining two or more CSS files together.



The only reason a website will be having multiple CSS files is because the web developer might have felt it easier to work with different files. By adding the files together one can minimize the HTTP request in a web page.


These are some of the ways by which you can minimize the HTTP request in a website.