June 2014 archive

Server Response Times

Most people will look at a page that is not loading very quickly and move on to the next page. They don’t have time to wait for it to load. As a result, there can be a huge decrease in traffic and revenue if a website loads slowly. In order to make sure that the number of people who visit a site is retained, it is important to test a site for its speed and to fix any problems that might be slowing the site down.

Find a Speed Testing Service
Depending on the site, there are numerous different options for a person to test the speed of his or her site. It simply has a person put in the URL of his or her site in and will deliver the results of the test, as well as problem areas that would have affected the speed of the site. Other options are site specific. Websites built on WordPress and Joomla will have their own speed testing methods that might be more accurate for those particular platforms.

Look at the Results and Respond Appropriately
The results will include a performance overview of the site, including how large files were, how long it took the files and other content on the page to load, and basically any other features. The areas that working the most slowly will be highlighted so that they will be able to be repaired. Performance history will also be recorded if the speed test is done more than once. Finally, automatic checks will usually be run to make sure that the best practices are being followed with regards to page speed. Some files may need to be compressed, images might need to be simplified, and loops might need to be removed in order to make sure that the site is working as quickly as possible. Best practices from Google Page Speed tend to be the most reliable and form a standard for performance.

By checking page speed, it is possible to improve it and make sure that a website is running as quickly as possible. This will result in more traffic and more revenue.