Upping Your Blog’s Loading Time

Wondering why your blog has a slow loading time? A quick and easy way to answer your question would be to speed test your blog. One tool I like to use to do this is Pingdom’s Full Page Test. It is a free toll that helps you determine which portion of your website takes a longer time to load. According to Pingdom their Full Page Tests works by…

“load[ing] a complete HTML page including all objects (images, CSS, JavaScripts, RSS, Flash and frames/iframes). It mimics the way a page is loaded in a web browser. The load time of all objects is shown visually with time bars. You can view the list of objects either in load order or as a hierarchy. The hierarchy view allows you to see which objects are linked to in for example a CSS file. Every test also shows general statistics about the loaded page such as the total number of objects, total load time, and size including all objects.”

Though far from being comprehensive the free test is still very useful because as soon as you’ve determined the page or file that’s slowing you down you can get to work at once and address the problem by either removing/deleting the file (if unimportant) or tweaking the file to optimize it. If you have a problem file that cannot be deleted nor tweaked that much you can also try hosting that file on Amazon Cloudfront or other similar hosting services.

Originally posted on August 31, 2009 @ 8:44 am