Fast website load time is one important factor that contributes to the success of a site. Yet this fact is usually forgotten by web designers planning for a perfect website design.
If the goal of your website design is to engage your web visitors to remain in your site as long as possible, it essential that your website should load fast. Nothing taxes your web visitor’s patience as when they have to wait for a long time for your website to load.
Fortunately, you can make improvements on your website loading time without the assistance of your web designers. This is because it’s also easy to find solutions on the internet on how to solve this problem.
For some months, my website really suffered from slow load time. How do I know? Well, I installed the YSlow plugin on my browsers and run the tests on my webpages. The tests showed a Grade D where the highest is Grade A. It was a dismal website loading time performance which badly needed improvement.
As a consequence of the slow loading time, the number of visitors to my website dwindled. Again, how do I know this? Well, Google Analytics, if installed on your site, will easily tell you how many visitors made it to your site on any time period. There are a good number of measurements as well that Google Analytics will tell you about the performance of your site.
Google Webmaster Tool Loading Time Measurements
But as far as website loading time is concerned, the best measuring device is provided by the Google Webmasters Tools. This service always provides me with a very nice picture showing the speed of downloading the pages from one of my websites in one time period of 90 days:
Speed of Downloading a Webpage in Site A
For some time previously, it took as long as 4.7 sec to download a webpage to Google servers. But currently, it now takes less than a second to download that same webpage on average. This is right after I made changes to my website as can be seen clearly in the above figure.
This second figure below shows the time spent downloading a page on another blog. I made the same changes in this blog as in the above website. Happily, I was able to get the same improvement on the speed of downloading my websites. Though this is impressive, there are still many rooms for improvement and I’m going to report more on this later.
Speed of Downloading a Webpage in Blog A
By the way, in case you have not yet installed Google Analytics or the Google Webmasters Tools in your websites, make use of these fabulous services. Best of all, both of these website tools are provided free of charge. Make the best use of these web tools while they are free to use.