Every time you visit a website, there’s a whole lot of technical stuff going on behind the scenes. While words and images are loading on your screen, in the background your browser is requesting and receiving files. These HTTP requests impact page load speeds and, ultimately, affect user experience, bounce rate and SEO. The fewer HTTP requests your site sends to the server, the faster your site will load. So what is an HTTP request and what can you do to reduce them? Let’s take a look at how server requests work, tools to help work out exactly how many HTTP requests your site is sending, and tips on how to reduce your site’s requests and make it faster. What are HTTP requests? Every time someone visits a page on your site, their browser pings your web server and requests the files that contain the content of the page. These files might include HTML, CSS and JavaScript files, images, icons and other files. The request is called an HTTP request. HTTP stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol and basically the name for a browser sending a request for a file, and the server sending that file to the browser. When the server receives an HTTP request from a user’s browser,
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