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    The acceptance and prevalence of SharePoint Online among cloud service providers have made this Microsoft offering among the quickest growing products from the tech behemoth in the recent past. While SharePoint Online aims to enable successful deployments and adoptions and it is quite good at it, the truth remains that many companies can often struggle to ensure optimum performance.

     

    There are myriad ways to tackle this concern. For starters, it is advisable to use a Content Delivery Network (CDN). It helps bridge the geographic gap between users and the business' SharePoint instance. It enables users to reference popular CSS and JavaScript libraries. They get hosted somewhere other than in one folder on one site in the company's site collection. The addition of references to a CDN that hosts a library will enhance the load time. It is for that particular file for both distant as well as near users.

     

    It is only one of the many ways that will improve the performance of SharePoint Online. Let's look at top ways to improve the performance to deliver a perfect user experience.

     

    1. Optimize images:

    While images are a critical element of the design, their size can take a toll on the speed at which the page loads. With Sprites approach, wherein the site displays many images, which are parts of one more significant element. It cuts down the HTTP traffic since more images get downloaded in one request. It is a good idea to use compression and optimization methods before using pictures on the site.

     

    2. Run page diagnostics:

    Publishing pages using traditional publishing adds extra overhead on the SharePoint site. What you can do instead is make use of the Page Diagnostic Tool, which gets installed as a browser extension.

     

    3. Minification and bundling:

    Customizing the website results in the addition of a lot of extra files to the server to support the customization above. And the addition of surplus CSS, images, and JavaScript leads to a hike in the number of HTTP requests to the server and this increases the time taken to render a web page. So, if you have several files of the same type, you'd be better of bundling them to make it quicker to download these files. Also, as far as CSS and JavaScript files go, you can also use minification, wherein you cut down the size of the data by doing away with whitespace as well as other unnecessary characters.

     

    4. Navigation options:

    If you are looking for better performance, it is recommended you use Managed (Metadata) navigation instead of structural navigation. It is because navigation providers work with responsive page designs and are also scalable and capable of rendering sans a resource cost.

     

    So, you see, ensuring the highest quality of SharePoint Online's performance is not rocket science. Above listed tips and also the expertise of a reliable company providing Microsoft SharePoint development will help your business grow much faster with this leading Microsoft offering.

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