Yes its true, Google just loves fast loading websites and we have been talking about this for some time.
The slower your website loads, the less likely you are to have a high position in the search engines. This is not the only cause of low positions of course but it does have a huge effect on your rankings, think about it, you may have the best website in the world but if it takes 30 seconds to load, who is really going to wait?
We have gone some way in advancing in this area of speed by moving from a London data centre in 2009 to the UKFast data centre in Manchester. It’s called UKFast, simply because their whole policy is dedicated to providing the fastest network in the UK and have won various awards for this too. Having our servers with UKFast gives us the ability to provide top quality uk web hosting to our clients.
However, it will be defeating the object if you host your website with us and then fill your site with lots of images.
Its like everything else these days, you get what you pay for, yes you can get hosting for pennies but how good will that be?
So, go through your website and look at the images you have on there, do you really need them all? can they be made smaller or removed completely?
There are many website speed checkers online, just do a search, but a good place to check your website is https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed, this will give you some good information, you don’t have to act on it all but just a few edits can make a big difference to your website download times.