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If you’ve signed up for a limited hosting limited plan, then follow the below tricks/methods to reduce the bandwidth usage for your site. I’ve successfully implemented the below tricks in one of my site, and the bandwidth usage has reduced by 25 percent.
Reduce Image size
Using large images of a site can kill hosting bandwidth within a week unless you’re signed up for an unlimited hosting plan. If you’re using a content management system like WordPress, plugins like EWWW Image Optimizer or WP Smush it can take care of pictures you upload. If you’ve developed your site from scratch, then you should use Yahoo’s smushit online tool. The tool will reduce image size without affecting its quality.
Use Bootstrap CDN
Enable GZip Compression
Some hosting services will automatically compress your site in Gzip format before any byte of data is sent to the client’s computer. If your hosting provider doesn’t have this feature, then you follow this tutorial to enable Gzip compression for your site.
Specify an Expiry time for static files
This is a crucial tip to reduce bandwidth usage for a site. If you add expiry time of 30+ days for .css, .png, .jpg and .js files then the visitor’s browser will store all files in these four formats for 30+ days. Thus, when the same visitor opens your website, the static content will be loaded from his computer. Specifying expiry time will also improve your site’s page loading time.
Image Credits: Photo by Isis França on Unsplash.