Load Times for Web Pages

    February 23, 2007

I have been experiencing slow website load times over the last little while so I thought I’d investigate and find out what the causes were.

The first tool I used was: Web Page Analyzer which has the ability to analyze all the various components and code blocks of a website. The main areas of importance include:

– Page load time at various Internet connection speeds
– The size and number of objects within the specified page
– Detailed Analysis explaining a list of recommendations.

My blog’s recommendations included compressing images, reducing the total number of images, optimizing JavaScript/CSS, reducing the number of scripts and reducing the overall size of the page.

Secondly I used: OctaGate which quickly showed the load times for every widget, script and feed item on the page. From its analysis I was able to determine that one of my alternate feeds coded in the meta tags was taking 4-5 seconds to load.

Both of these tools should be used frequently to monitor website load times because making your content readily available to your visitors is one of the most important things you can do.


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