How to Reduce Your Website's HTTP Requests

Every time you surf the web, a whole bunch of technical stuff happens behind the scenes to deliver content to your screen. Engineers are usually the ones managing these activities. Marketers, even those with technical chops, tend to shy away from it. One of these activities is an HTTP request, and it’s actually not as complicated as you might think. In fact, marketers need to have at least a general understanding of the actions their own website performs each time a person visits it. The metrics marketers tend to be responsible for can depend heavily on how the backend of a website is developed. For example, a high number of HTTP requests by your webpage can slow down the page’s load time, which ultimately damages the user experience. This can cause your visitors to leave the page more quickly if it doesn’t load fast enough (which increases your “bounce rate”). HTTP requests can affect numerous key metrics that determine how engaged your audience is with your business. So, what exactly is an HTTP request? How[…]

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