Online store speed

Your online store speed is the time it takes the different pages in your store to load.

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Why is speed important?

Your online store’s speed impacts the shopping experience of your customers, your conversion rate, and your store's discoverability.

Experience and conversion

If your online store is fast, then a customer with a slow phone and poor mobile connection can have a positive buying experience. A slower store might not be as accessible or user-friendly.

When a user can't navigate your online store smoothly, or your pages load slowly, they are more likely to leave before they buy something. You can improve your customers' experience and your conversion rate at the same time by focusing on your online store's speed.

Discoverability

Search engines like Google use page speed as a ranking factor. If your online store pages are slow, then they might be ranked lower, even if your store is otherwise optimized for search engines.

Online store features vs. speed

Your online store is made up of a set of features, such as theme code, apps, images, videos, carousels, instagram feeds, and analytics. These features can contribute to your overall customer experience and extend the capabilities of your online store.

Each feature you add to your online store needs network and hardware resources to function. Some features need more resources than others. Adding a new feature can have a noticeable effect on the speed of your online store.

When you consider adding a feature to your store, you should weigh the benefits of the feature against its impact to the speed of your store. You might need to make some speed tradeoffs to build a user experience that leads to more sales.

Ask yourself the following questions when considering features for your store:

  • What will help customers make the decision to purchase from the store?

    For example, consider whether your customers would prefer a simple home page with links to detailed product pages, or a more powerful home page where they can quickly view and buy products.

  • What functionality should exist at the top of the page to drive conversion?

    For example, branding elements, featured images, and a checkout cart are all features that can impact performance but increase conversion.

  • What functionality can load later as customers scroll down the page?

    For example, analytics and product reviews don't need to be loaded immediately when a customer visits your store. You might need to consult your theme or app developers to understand if a feature is loading right away.

Explore your online store speed

You can learn how your store performs against industry standards and other Shopify stores like yours by viewing your Online store speed report. Learn more about the report.

You can also explore factors that impact your online store speed and how to address them.

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