How To Reduce Server Response Time- Improve Site Performance

How To Reduce Server Response Time & Improve Site Performance

This Applies when PageSpeed Insights detects that your server response time is above 200 ms.

A little Dig

A Server response time measures how long it takes to load the necessary HTML to be enabled to render the page from your server, subtracting out the network latency between Google and the online server.

There is a possibility of variance from one run to the next, but the differences should not be too significant .perform


A Highly variable server response time may indicate an underlying performance issue.

Solution Recommendations

Generally, you should reduce your server response time under 200ms. There could be dozens of potential factors which may slow down the response of an online server Such:

  • Slow application logic
  • Slow database queries
  • Slow routing, frameworks
  • Libraries, resource CPU starvation or memory starvation.

To improve your server’s response time you need to consider all the above mentioned factors . The first step to uncovering why server response time is high is by measuring,  Once data is in hand, consult the appropriate guides for how to address these issues.

After issues are resolved, you must continue measuring your server response times and address any future performance bottlenecks.

Here is what you can do to keep on top of performance bottlenecks

1. Collect and inspect existing performance and data. 

When none is available, evaluate using an automated web application monitoring solutions – There are hosted and open source versions available for most platforms, or you can add custom instrumentation.

2. Try to Identify and fix top performance bottlenecks.

If you are utilizing  a popular web framework, or content management platform, refer to the documentation for performance optimization best guidelines.

3.  Monitor and alert for any future performance regressions!

When you own an important website or an online business, it is more than worth it to be on the alert for any possible performance suggestions, it is part of the over all picture.


Hope this was of great help to you.


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