Speeding Up Web Page Loading – Part II (2)

Speeding Up Web Page Loading – Part II (2)

In Part I, we detailed how webmasters can speed up the loading of their web pages by optimizing their file sizes. Here, some additional tips to make pages load faster will be discussed.

Another factor to consider is the speed at which the pages are served. What happens is that servers get bogged down if too many web surfers ask for the same page at the same time, resulting in a slowdown in loading speed.

Although there is no way to predict exactly how many people will visit a site at once, it is always a good idea to choose web hosting companies that tune its servers to make sure that enough computing power is given to the sites that get the most hits.

You can opt for hosts, like LyphaT Networks, that use caching and/or compression software to maximize the performance of their servers and minimize page loading times.

Another consideration is your host’s connectivity or speed of Internet connection and bandwidth. Bandwidth refers to the amount of data that can be transmitted in a fixed amount of time and this actually fluctuates while you are surfing. Different users also have different access to the Internet (some might use dial-up or a dedicated T-1) so it is up to you to keep your file sizes down so that no matter who is viewing your site, they get as quick a download as possible.

Some ways you can do this is by:

* Testing your page loading time with low bandwidth emulation – you can use the mod_bandwidth module for this if you’re running an Apache Web server. This module enables you to set connection bandwidth limits to better emulate typical modem speeds.
* Pinging your site (reply time should be 100 ms) and then running tracert – each hop/transient point should be less than 100ms, and if it takes longer or times out, then it could be slow at that point.

You can check your results against the table shown at the Living Internet site on the number of seconds it takes to download data of various sizes at varying speeds of Internet connections.
* Using the HTML Toolbox program at Net Mechanic, or the Web Page Analyzer – 0.82, a free web-based analyzer that calculates page size, composition and page download time.

* You can also use scripts to speed up Mozilla’s page loading or to determine page loading time in PHP.

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