February 8, 2014 marketing_wqq40vb8 0
There are several reasons for a slow loading webpage. Although running a website speed test can be a starting point to see how well your server is working, you’ll still need to investigate more thoroughly. Listed below are some reasons for slow loading occurring on a webpage and remedies to help fix that.
A common cause for slow website loading is images that are not optimized. Images on a website that are not cropped or are put on a website in full-size can cause slow loading. If there are a great amount of uncropped and full-sized photos this can decrease fast website performance. Crop and optimize your images to avoid slow loading websites.
Servers Dependent On Dynamic Scripts
Another common cause for slow website loading is websites that generate information that comes from a database. Data from a database tends to be much slower in performance compared to a HTML website server. This may not be a huge concern on low-traffic sites, but if your site gets a lot of traffic that can really have a negative impact on your visitor experience. To avoid dynamic scripts from slowing down the loading process try caching. Caching allows data storage and easier access to files. This will increase the loading speed of a website rather than slow it down.
Having flash on a website can be very appealing and a great tool for enhancing animation. However, having too much flash can be another reason why a website page is slowly loading. To avoid having a website load slowly because of too much flash optimize the size of your flash files before uploading. If it is possible have external storage for your data.
Bulky or Complex Code
External media is another common cause for slow loading website pages. External media that is put onto a webpage will only load as fast as its source. If the website that the external media comes from is having a slow day loading then the media used on the webpage will load slowly. In order to avoid external media being a cause for a slow loading webpage try to have media that is hosted from your own server.More
February 8, 2014 marketing_wqq40vb8 0
Poor website performance can cost more than the time and patience of your audience, it can also cause you to lose profits and long term viewership as well. While this is a serious problem, it usually has a simple root. If your website connection speed has been slow, it is most likely due to inadequate bandwidth leading to congestion, a bloated theme, or improper mobile optimization.
Pretty But Bloated Themes:
CSS code, HTML templates, and Java themes are all great ways to build a beautiful website. But many website builders often don’t look at the code underneath these themes which can be a big problem. The code needs to be short so computers and servers can focus on other important things like sending and receiving data.
Many free templates are the starting points for a lot of programmers, and while they may be graphically attractive, they are often bloated in regards to the coding underneath and don’t adapt well to being used on different browsers.
You can circumvent this problem by going to premium theme sites that charge between 20-100 dollars for a theme. In addition to having compact yet powerful source code, these themes often come with multiple variations and the support of the company’s customer service department.
Consider Running a Speed Test:
This is an excellent way to see how accessible your website is to a general audience. This test tells you how much bandwidth is available to people wanting to access your website. If the numbers are low or unfavorable such as having frequent interruptions, then the server needs to be tweaked or the third party hosting service changed.
If you operate your own server, you’re responsible for the maintenance, upkeep, and down times for your server. If you chose a third-party hosting company, you don’t have as much control over third party hosting applications. Many online hosting businesses do their maintenance between 1AM-3AM most nights. If you continue to experience slow performance or can’t access the name servers in the middle of the day you should consider switching to a more reliable third party hosting service.
Really, one of the only ways that you’ll know if your site is actually slow or not is if you have some way to accurately measure its performance. There are a number of sites online where you can run a web site speed test, and even find out how your page loads in comparison to other sites. Keep in mind that if you don’t put the data from a speed test to use, then essentially it’s not valuable. What this means is that if your site is running slow, you should take some steps to go ahead and find out why and rectify that. Some sites will offer a waterfall-style chart along with their speed test so you can see which page elements are causing you the most trouble.
Sometimes a webpage loads slowly on a mobile device because a mobile version of the site hasn’t been created yet. While fancy themes may load effortlessly on a PC due to the processing power available in common browser applications like Firefox and Internet Explorer, mobile devices have less computing power and memory both on the device and available in the browser. Some smartphones and tablets have plenty of computing power, but require special menus to operate with the touch interface which many computer optimized themes don’t accommodate.
Speed this up by creating a second site with the same domain name (m.yourdomainname.com) with identical content; the only exception is the exclusion of large media files and images. This format can be quickly read by mobile devices. An even easier tactic is to revisit the first point, and select a small and clean theme that would fit the screen size of your audience’s most used devices.More
February 8, 2014 marketing_wqq40vb8 0
Browser-based elements are a huge part of many web pages. Whether it’s a map of the 50 states, a video depicting your products it’s important to make sure that all elements of a webpage are up and functioning in order for all visitors to see what you need. While it’s possible to wait until a visitor emails you about a problem, it’s a much smarter option to monitor your browser-based elements, and really the entire page, so that you get immediate notification if your webpage breaks.
Monitoring interfaces, such as those provided by various third-party vendors can be thought of like home security monitoring. Whether you’re at home or away, there is a service which is constantly watching your property to make sure there’s nothing out of the ordinary. As soon as something happens the service notifies you and lets you know there’s an anomaly; open door, broken window, or something like that. That’s essentially how website monitoring services work; they watch your website to make sure that all of your browser-based elements are up and running so that customers can see your website in just the way you meant for them to see it. There are a number of companies that do a good job with external monitoring solutions including Dotcom Monitor and Compuware.
Additional Benefits of Monitoring
Because these services are constantly monitoring the traffic that comes to your website, there are important insights that can be offered as well. A good website monitoring service can tell you how many people visit your site on a given day, what the site looks like when individuals visit, and it can track location as well as time spent on your site. This information, when taken as a whole, can help a website owner alter the content, and change the displays, to make a bigger impact and to get more repeat visitors. Also, with a website monitoring service taking a constant count of what’s happening, the effects of changes can also be seen after they’re implemented.
Do You Really Need to Monitor Your Site?
In the strictest sense of the term, no, someone doesn’t need a website monitoring service in order to run a website. However, it is a good investment. A good website monitoring service provides insights that are hard to find anywhere else, and it lets the owner know immediately when the website is down. Websites break, and that’s an unfortunate truth of being on the Internet. However, it’s important to be aware of when a site breaks as soon as possible so that it can be put back in order and back online. Time is money, and the longer a website is offline, or has page elements which won’t load, the more turned off the viewing public is going to become.More
August 10, 2013 marketing_wqq40vb8 0
As a blog that prides itself on looking ahead at the web performance industry, we’ve noticed some some dynamic shifts in the overall needs of webmasters. Ten years ago, it was enough to simply monitor uptime and call it a day. If people could access your site when they typed in your URL, then you were in good shape. It’s funny to think about what a stark contrast that is to today, where developers, webmasters, and even large companies are sometimes monitoring hundreds of different devices and tasks in a wide variety of ways.
From mobile apps to rich media content, the needs of users are much more intensive than they used to be. This also changes the landscape for companies trying to provide these services. Web performance companies are being forced to innovate more instead of competing on prices for the same set of services. In the end, this is good for the free market because tough competition breeds innovation, and consumers are the ones who ultimately benefit from that.
When looking at the needs of the industry, it’s relatively clear that there are two basic categories that have emerged from the original “uptime” standard. These are speed monitoring, and user behavior monitoring. Let’s take a moment to take a look at both of these categories.
Speed monitoring is essentially the measurement of how quickly pages load, and how quickly the website can perform certain tasks and deliver content to the user. One of the biggest reasons this has become more important in the past decade or so is because users have come to expect more from their devices, and are substantially less patient. People are accustomed to broadband speeds, and they generally have very short attention spans. This can dramatically affect their experience on a website, and ultimately lead to lost sales, lost user registrations, and other problems for the website owner.
The second category that’s become more and more popular is user experience monitoring. This type of monitoring involves creating a script or bot that will mimic user behavior in order to test different functions on a website. An example of this could be a shopping cart where a user purchases physical or virtual goods. Either way, a bot can be programmed to attempt a purchase on a regular interval to ensure that the shopping cart is up and running. You can probably imagine the implications of running a website where you sell something that requires a user to check out with a cart, and having that inaccessible for a certain period of time. In the end, that can amount to lost revenue and a decreased user base.
It’s important for anyone running a website or operating in the web space to take note of these emerging trends, because you may be asked to procure these services for your company, or at least work with the data that they provide. So take your time, and do a little homework on the industry if these topics are unfamiliar. That way, when the time comes that you need to utilize different types of monitoring, you’ll be prepared and ready to move ahead.More
Here’s a great video from Steve Souders, one of the most notable web performance gurus talking about the future of performance, and where’ it’s headed.
A nice infographic from Strange Loop Networks (strangeloopnetworks.com) showing how impatient users can be when it comes to web performance.