Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Blog Load Time
For a long time now it seems this blog has been loading slowly on all three of my computers. One or two people have also told me the load time was so slow they had to start reading F&F through Feedblitz. I've also noticed some other blogspot blogs that I like to read load slowly. So I did a little investigation through googling to find out what's up with these trouble blogs. Keep in mind I'm no blogger or html expert.
I found this very helpful blog analyzer tool through WebsiteOptimization.com. Just type in the URL for your blog or other site and this tool will analyze how long it takes to load. Most importantly it will give you a list of Analyses and Recommendations, coding various elements of your blog green (doing fine), yellow (cautionary) and red (fix it!).
Yikes, I came up with quite a few reds. I immediately took some unnecessary widgets and links off the sidebar, and I reduced the number of posts that show at a time to four. Soon as I did just these two simple things, F&F loaded faster for me. How about you? Did you notice it loading any faster?
There are still a couple red items in my template that are beyond my fixing, what with my limited knowledge. Are there any blogger professionals out there who can be hired to fix these issues for me? They have to do with overall page size and image sizing. If you know someone, please leave a comment or email me. Perhaps F&F is loading quickly enough now and no more needs to be done. But that'll depend on your feedback. I appreciate your comments.