Posts Tagged ‘Page Speed’

Improving Your Page Speed (Part 4)

July 22nd, 2010

CSS is a style sheet language that is used to control the overall look and style of a website.  When website developers program CSS, they often leave lines in between the codes for better viewing.  This makes the code easier to read and modify.  However, the more spaces and lines a CSS file contains, the longer it takes for the page to load.

Under Page Speed, there is an option called “Minify CSS”.  It provides optimized versions of your website’s CSS files.  This option helps website owners to delete the unnecessary lines and spaces in order to boost their web pages’ loading speed.

The problem with minifying your CCS files is that they will be hard to read and hard to edit.  To solve this problem, we recommend the following.

  1. Back up your original CSS file by downloading it from your website.
  2. Download the optimized version of CSS from Page Speed.
  3. Replace the original CSS file on your website with the optimized one.

In terms of functionality, your optimized CSS file is identical to the original one.  By doing the above, your page speed will significantly increase.

In case you need to modify your website style, you can make changes in the original CSS file saved on your computer and then upload it to your website.  You can then use Page Speed to optimize your CSS file again and use the optimized one for faster loading.

Improving Your Page Speed (Part 3)

July 12th, 2010

In the last post, we covered how to optimize images by compressing them and specifying their dimension.  This time, we’ll be discussing how to optimize your website.

Websites contain many files.  In fact, a lot of them can be compressed in order to get a faster page speed.  However, the compression method is quite complicated, especially if your website is on a shared hosting plan.

For shared hosting users, you will need to check with your hosting provider to see if they can enable compression on their servers.

For Doteasy Ultra and Unlimited Hosting users, you can check your cPanel for an option called “Optimize Website” under “Software/Services”.

Then, select “Compress all content” and “Update Settings”.   By enabling this function, the files on your website will be automatically compressed before being sent to the viewer and your page speed will significantly improve.

Please contact Doteasy’s technical support team if you can’t find this option in your cPanel (again, please note that this option is only available to Ultra and Unlimited Hosting Plan users) and we will be happy to assist you.

Improving Your Page Speed (Part 2)

July 9th, 2010

Text loads faster than images. In other words, a page with many large images will significantly reduce its loading speed. So, we would like to share some tips with you on how to handle large image files while keeping a reasonable page speed.

The open source application Page Speed can offer recommendations for improving the loading speed of your website. One of the recommendations is “Optimize Images”.

Under this category, Page Speed will provide you with optimized versions of the images that are on your web page. These images will look identical, but are much smaller in file size.  You can download these images and use them in place of your existing images in order to improve your website’s loading speed.

Also, it is a good idea to specify the dimensions of all of the images on your website (i.e. using the img tag <img height=”240″ width=”389″).  This helps your browser determine how to display the images ahead of time, and will allow your browser to load the web page much more quickly.

In our next post, we will share with you the latest feature of our Doteasy Hosting Plan: “Optimize Website”.  Stay tuned for details.

For more info about how to install Page Speed, please read our previous post.

Google officially announced that Page Speed is now a factor in its search ranking algorithms

July 5th, 2010

In April, Google has announced that Page Speed is now a factor in its search ranking algorithms. So, the faster a website loads, the higher it will rank in Google’s search results. In the next few days, we will share some tips with you on how to improve your Page Speed.

First of all, you’ll need to install Page Speed. This will tell you how fast your page loads. In order to run this tool, you will need to do the following:

• Use Firefox as your internet browser
• Install a Firefox add-on called Firebug

Currently, Internet Explorer is not compatible with this tool.

Firebug helps website developers to inspect HTML codes, and modify website styles and layouts in real-time. In addition, it enables users to analyze network usage and performance.

Page Speed is a web tool that evaluates a website’s performance and provides suggestions on improvement. This open source add-on program will give you a score out of 100 for your website’s loading speed. The higher the score, the faster the website will load. Along with the score, Page Speed will also list out some recommendations for improving the website (the descriptions beside the exclamation marks in the below image). Making the suggested changes will significantly improve the website’s loading time.

Page Speed can only be run under Firebug (please refer to the below image).