It does not take a genius to figure out what a common internet user prefers with a website. It’s a website that loads quicker, since one quality that an online user has is that they tend to easily get frustrated. Another negative effect of this is that due to the slowness of the site loading, those who currently visit it will never again go back to this site (it does in fact leave a bad taste in their mouth). All of those who have online businesses know these facts. Even Google is taking this all in account when they suggest the factors that are needed to make your site rank in the search engines. Google has now addressed the question of those websites that require longer loading times, hence slower loading times could be one huge no-no. The big question is on whether these sites will lose their page ranking position.
People are asking, since the main point of the discussion is whether being faster translates to being automatically better. To give a good example, there are two websites, both are offering a similar kind of service and yet one has lesser content and the other one has complete videos and downloadable files which make it slower in viewing. Given this scenario, even if users do not notice the difference, Google will. The answer hopefully lies in Google taking into consideration some other factors than just speed in ultimately determining if the site will rank or not. Relevant content will still remain the top measure of how unique a website is. However, it does help to have a fast loading website with relevant content.
There are several numbers of factors that can affect your internet connection speed. To get the best from your network:
• Clean and scan your computer using an anti-spyware and malware programs.
• Trash your temporary internet files. Reduce the size of your web cache. Those which remain are only those that are relevant for your needs.
• Disable graphics and multimedia (only use when necessary).
• Use WinZip to send your files online. By compressing your files you will reduce the amount of time sending them.
• Use the cache exchange mode in Microsoft Outlook so that you can still work even if your computer is offline.
• Learn to save web pages in your local files just in case you might need them for reference purposes.
• During the time you are using your internet, close unnecessary programs that you do not use. The more tabs that you open, the more the memory your computer consumes.
• Remove the extensions that you use to access the internet to update information for each site. Choose only those add-ons which are useful. You can disable Java plugin since a lot of sites do not have a need for Java. You are just wasting CPU resources for a plugin that you don’t need.
The growth in traffic on the web is due to the use of services that route data intelligently and this is why using = providers like Akamai is important. What Akamai does is to route the data from the provider’s servers to the end user’s computer. The result is a delivery of content that is efficiently faster. The more complex your site is the better your need for Akamai is. Akamai’s web application firewall can stop the malicious attacks before they can reach the customer’s infrastructure.
Another thing that you must do is to use caching. Caching is linked to the process of avoiding making a round-trip to your original web server each time you are in need of a resource; instead what you need to do is to retrieve your file from a local computer browser cache or proxy cache. The main reason for this is that when caching is unnecessarily used, this can waste your bandwidth and slows your web page loading time. The best thing that you can do is to formulate your own caching policy for your site so that you will set the parameters on which resources you wish to cache and those that do not so that your site performance can improve. You can assign the task of developing caching policies to your web developer since they have the ability to set cache control headers for the site resources using the best approach. Assigning this task to the web developer can mean less work for the website administrator.
One key element that people often overlook is optimizing their graphics using Adobe Photoshop. You can reduce your image sizes by up to 75% and upload the new graphics; you’ll notice you can shave off hundreds of kilobytes with minimal work. When in Photoshop do not make the mistake of setting the quality of your images to low or your graphics will become fuzzy and blurred. However, it would be advisable to optimize your graphics for optimal loading times. For those WordPress users, there are various plugins that will allow you to optimize your graphics on the fly without having to install any third party applications.
Finally, the key to faster pages is by reducing the number of components so that the HTTP request will also in turn be reduced. Reducing the number of components can be accomplished if you simplify the page’s design. Simpler is much better for loading times. One way of reducing the HTTP request and still support rich page designs is by combining all scripts into a single script. Combine all CSS into a single stylesheet. If you use some sensible tips in optimizing the speed of your internet connection you can achieve a website with a reasonable speed. As a closing note, it would be acceptable if your site loads in 3-5 seconds. However, the less time it takes, the less chance that you will receive a high bounce rate.