Testing and Fixing Problems Related to Website Speed

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Website owners experiencing difficulties with slow-loading websites can take many steps to both troubleshoot and fix problems associated with the website. By taking action to minimize the effect of slow page loading, websites will attract more traffic from throughout the internet. In addition, this can help with search engine optimization for website owners and bloggers to drive more traffic to their webpages. This can mean increased revenue and a better reputation in an industry. This article will offer advice for webmasters looking to improve the performance of their website.

Troubleshooting the Problem

Like any doctor would, diagnosing the problem should be the first step taken by anyone trying to solve the problem. Website owners can use many tools available today in order to maximize the loading speed of their website. Some analytics software used today can help website owners find problems associated with their website simply by looking at past reports from previous performance. This information can usually be drilled down to individual pages to find the exact source of the problem. Before going out an haphazardly trying to fix problems, it’s a good idea to run a website speed test in order to make sure that you know what’s causing the problem with your site. If you’re having trouble understand how or why that’s important, think of it like a diagnostic test. It’s just a way to find out what’s going on with your site.

Chrome Developer Console

Since most website visitors today use Google Chrome, they can use the Developer Console built into Chrome  to diagnose most issues related to a websites loading speed. By pressing Control + Shift + C, website owners can open the developer console and begin troubleshooting a website immediately. On the Loading tab, webmasters can diagnose the loading time and file size of each downloaded file by looking at a waterfall chart. A waterfall chart shows how quickly individual elements are loading, and can help diagnose most issues associated with slow loading speeds. The developer console also offers the ability to profile code and it can offer recommendations for speeding up a website.

Talking to a Webhost

With the goal of increasing customer satisfaction, many of today’s leading web hosts will be happy to help developers improve their website’s speed. In addition to helping improve the actual code website, a webhost can offer faster hosting that can increase the loading speed of dynamic websites. More advanced webhosts can even offer content delivery networks that divide a website’s servers into different regions which reduces the response time required due to limitations in the speed of transmission. This can help websites that are struggling with DNS issues, and can improve the loading time of websites that need an extra edge.