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  1. Christian Øvregaard
    March 17, 2010

    Great post Armando!

    With everybody browsing with broadband connection or faster, the speed of the sites will be more important.

    There is another great online tool (http://tools.pingdom.com/) I’ve used to understand what takes time when loading our site. It clearly shows which requests are slow or if an image is too large. And you can also see the time between the actual request is sent and the content is received.

    /Christian

  2. David Jenkins
    March 17, 2010

    I really enjoyed this post.

    We have been monitoring our site with Gomez for some time and find that 3rd party .js calls are often the culprits for poor page load time.

    More importantly, you cannot always uncover these issues by simply loading the page once or twice. Page load needs to be regularly monitored. We have found several third party js calls that have unreliable load times.

    Occasionally, we have removed a tool because it’s load speed was unreliable. At other times, the tool provider has been unaware of the issue and our feedback has led to a fix. Some of these tool providers had a large number of other clients, which suggests a lot of sites do not regularly monitor load times.

  3. Armando
    March 17, 2010

    @Christian, Thanks. I am a fan of the pingdom, thanks for mentioning.

  4. Audio Bible
    March 18, 2010

    Y Slow and the book Steve Souders’ High Performance Web Sites are excellent tools. Yahoo has a online video about page loading. worth watching. My entire site and all pages have been tuned using these 2 products.

  5. Amanda
    March 18, 2010

    Great post! It’s always interesting to read about tips and tricks to enhance one’s web performance. To increase online conversion rates, experts have typically focused on testing landing pages, tuning navigation, and pouring money into search optimization, often overlooking or minimizing the impact of website performance or speed on a user’s willingness to convert. It doesn’t matter how easy it is to find your business through organic search or pay-per-click ads, users will not become customers if your website is not fast enough.

    YSlow is a good tool, but you have to be careful of the grades that it reports. Sometimes, the reports don’t answer the WHY- specifically WHY is your webpage running slowly. (Kind of reminds me of the time I got a C on my 3rd grade report card in handwriting, but never understood WHY exactly I got the C.) Souders’ book is a great recommendation!

    Great post- enjoyed reading it and checking out the comments.

  6. Aran
    March 19, 2010

    This is a great, timely post.

    I am struggling with what to do about my terrible load time on my blog due to external http requests, and this has given me some good ideas.

    Has anyone had any experience with the LABjs Solution? Is is compatible with older browsers?

  7. Kyle Simpson
    March 19, 2010

    Aran,
    LABjs has been tested with a wide array of browsers. There’s an extensive list of browsers tested and passing listed in the online documentation.

    To be specific, though, browser support goes back to Safari 3.2, FF 1.5, Op 9.5, Netscape 7.2, Mozilla 1.7, and IE6. That should cover most pages’ support matrices.

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