Connecting two HP 1810-24G switch togeater

Hi Experts.  
I currently have 2 X HP 1810-24G switches connected with a cross over cable.  
The question is what is the best way of connecting the switches togeater as I am having nextwork issues e.g. slow access to share drives, internet speed issues, which I am not sure if this is the cause or not?
I have redundant ports on both swithes which could be utilised if possible?
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Are you sure that the issues are related to the two switches?

Make sure that you don't have more than one connection between them to start with.

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