Shopify have updated their global network in a bid to reduce the time it takes for a customer to load merchants’ online store, making it 39% faster to access them. To date, Shopify tracked the most notable improvements in international markets like Australia, Japan, India and Singapore.
“We’ve upgraded our global network infrastructure to expand our points of presence (PoPs) from two to 180 nodes across 80 countries to handle the routing of all connections to Shopify stores.”
“From the very start, we made sure that our online store themes were optimized for speed so that merchants can offer the fastest shopping experience but we know that there are always more ways to make performance gains.
The ecommerce company currently boasts 800,000 merchants on their platform, with more than 218 million shoppers buying from their stores last year. The speed of an online store remains a priority as faster stores mean better shopping experiences and more sales.
The second update improves the experience when a customer enters the sellers’ store. By using WebP to reduce the file sizes of all images by 30% on supported browsers, the company reduced the time it takes for images to display on all their online stores. Merchants can now enhance the design of their stores without having to compromise on performance speed. These updates are now available to all Shopify merchants by default.