Experimenting ::: I took 5 random blogs, including mine, to use as "guinea pigs." On my macgyvered home PC, my own blog takes 3:28 to load on dial-up. MyMariuca takes 5:50, Xiaxue takes 8:00, LadyJava NEVER fully loads, Orient-Lodge takes 2:00. The same blogs load fully in under :60 when connecting thru wi-fi on my Fly Ying F003 HiPhone.
According to results, we're all doing well, meeting, exceeding the Google site speed benchmarks, as far as I can determine. More data follows.
Alexa Rank 142,509
Alexa Rank 60,454
Alexa Rank 37,545
Alexa Rank 954,447
Alexa Rank 48,524
|Domain name||Size||Load Time||Average Speed per KB|
|1||dave-lucas.blogspot.com||103.71 KB||0.1 seconds||0 seconds|
|2||mymariuca.blogspot.com||34.88 KB||0.09 seconds||0 seconds|
|3||xiaxue.blogspot.com||107.59 KB||0.11 seconds||0 seconds|
|4||ladyjava.org||170.79 KB||1.06 seconds||0.01 seconds|
|5||orient-lodge.com||ERROR||0 seconds||0 seconds|
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Google recommends the following free tools that you can use to evaluate the speed of your site:
- Page Speed, an open source Firefox/Firebug add-on that evaluates the performance of web pages and gives suggestions for improvement.
- YSlow, a free tool from Yahoo! that suggests ways to improve website speed.
- WebPagetest shows a waterfall view of your pages' load performance plus an optimization checklist.
- In Webmaster Tools, Labs > Site Performance shows the speed of your website as experienced by users around the world as in the chart below. We've also blogged about site performance.
- Many other tools on code.google.com/speed.
Common issues to watch for….
- Make sure images (and Flash SWF files if your site has them) are small but still viewer friendly and optimized.
- Most important: your website hosting service needs to have fast, redundant connections to multiple Internet “backbones” or have minimal “hops” to multiple backbones. Your hosting service’s backbone is what drives traffic to your site.