In June I published an article titled: Blogging: Strategies for reducing page loading time that contains links to online page loading time checkers, and ten tips bloggers can use to make their pages load faster.
The news is that Matt Cutts of Google is emphasizing the importance of page loading speed when it comes to getting your site contents indexed and the experience of users, and it’s likely to become a ranking factor in 2010.
Here’s the link to an exclusive webpronews video interview with Cutts wherein he’s discussing Google Caffeine, which will be rolling out on all the data centers in January, and page loading speed, which Google may indeed begin taking into consideration as a ranking factor in the new year.
There’s more to be found on Google’s Page Speed page.
Page Speed is an open-source Firefox/Firebug Add-on, that performs several tests on a site’s web server configuration and front-end code. These Page Speed tests are based on a set of best practices known to enhance web page performance, and are aimed at evaluating the performance web pages and making suggestions on how to improve them. Download link and installation information.
For more information, on the upcoming changes you may benefit by watching two videos: Open Sourcing Page Speed video and Let’s make the web faster.
Website Speed Test
Optimizing your web page loading time is essential for keeping your visitors. If your pages load time is too long due to un-optimized images, people simply leave your site before it is loaded!
Web Page Analyzer – 0.964 – from Website Optimization – Free Website Performance Tool and Web Page Speed Analysis
This is a free web site speed test to improve website performance. Enter a URL to calculate page size, composition, and download time. The script calculates the size of individual elements and sums up each type of web page component. Based on these page characteristics the script then offers advice on how to improve page load time. The script incorporates best practices from HCI research and web site optimization techniques into its recommendations.