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2010 Apr19

Figure Out the Loading Speed of Your Web Page and Improve It

Written by: Darlene

Have you ever stopped to think about how long it might take for people to view your web page? Do you know just how long it takes for your site to load up?

Many people that are looking for information begin to lose patience if a page takes too long to load. This is why search engines, like Google, are trying to make the results that people acquire more efficient.

You may wonder what this means.

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The ideal web page shouldn't take more than two seconds to load if you are using a connection that is high speed, and if you have a modem, then thirty seconds at most. You can gauge the speed of your web page by using a tool that Google puts out called "page speed" which will show you how your page is performing, and what you can do to make the performance better.

 

Taking Your Web Page Speed to the Next Level.

CSS Navigation and Making it Work for You

You can use a CSS menu so that when your page pops up in a search engine, the links are spidered. This helps your speed increase because it sets aside the time that it takes for video or flash objects to load, as the different search engines don't take these types of files into account.

Files that are External are Best

You can lessen the clutter of code on your page and keep things moving quickly if you place all of your code into an external file. This beats the alternative of keeping it all on your web page.

HTML Code Should Be Validated

You can correct errors in HTML with a W3C HTML Validation Service. This will make it easier for your web pages to be read by search engines.

To Keep Maintenance Simple, Use SSI (Server Side Includes)

Though you will need a web host that utilizes a server that is quick, due to the fact that files like these are loaded individually, SSI may be for you. You will be able to use it so that you can stop editing your website page by page. Instead, you can update hundreds of pages by altering just one file.

Keep your Images Optimal

Your page will take a long time to load if your images are too large. This will also happen if you are using an overabundance of images. Instead, put Photoshop to work, and create smaller images that can be clicked on later for a larger view. These images are known as thumbnails.

Sites that are Static Compared to Sites that are Database–driven

If you are using a website that is database driven, you may want to check the speed. This is especially true for those that use Drupal, Joomla, or Word Press. If your website is static, it will load faster because there are less files. A database driven site is filled with hundreds, sometimes thousands, of files which may slow down your site.

Services for Web Hosting

It is important to think carefully about who hosts your website. Look into the uptime of the server before you make a commitment. You don't want to run into the issue of a server going out due to another websites use of it. Remember that you are sharing servers with other websites and what they do affects yours.

Many companies are quick to tout the fact that the space they offer is unlimited. You may want to steer clear of them. Your website may be knocked offline if another website on the server takes up its resources. You, in the end, will be at a loss in the sales department. The service you are looking for should prepare you for the 1% incidence of downtime but should also backup their information on a daily basis.

Hint

If you are interested in keeping your rank high in the speed department, you need to think about how long it takes for your website to load. Check the speed of other websites that use the same service that you plan to use before you begin designing your own website or redesigning your current website.


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