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    Ideal Downloading Speed?

    What is recommended Downloading/Browsing speed/Time for any website and how it is measured and does this browsing time would be automatically set for all the pages or either would have to set page by page.

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    I don't think you can do much about speed

    But you can reduce the number of calls to absolute links (the ones with "http://") to minimze the "over the net" fetching.

    Relative links are faster because the browser already knows where to start looking and doesn't need to find the domain all over again.

    And you can minimze file sizes - javascript, CSS, image etc. - everything you possibly can.

    eg. instead of a 976 K gif you might be able to use a 84 K png
    CSS and javascript files can be "compressed" by removing the white-space that makes them human readable.

    Of course the HTML page takes up bytes too, don't forget that!

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    When most people were using dialup about half would have left within 30 seconds (that was about 80k worth of downloads).

    Now with broadband speeds many times that about half will only wait two or three seconds. That's still around 80k.

    Of course once they have viewed your first page and know what to expect then they will be likely to wait longer for subsequent pages.
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    I guess the download speed doesn't matter much for SEO. Only thing matters is the loading spped of your page. You can test your loading speed with google standards online.

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    The less the loading time the better it will be for your site and the less heavy your page is the more chances their are that people with slow connections stay on your site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mittineague View Post
    I don't think you can do much about speed

    But you can reduce the number of calls to absolute links (the ones with "http://") to minimze the "over the net" fetching.

    Relative links are faster because the browser already knows where to start looking and doesn't need to find the domain all over again.

    And you can minimze file sizes - javascript, CSS, image etc. - everything you possibly can.

    eg. instead of a 976 K gif you might be able to use a 84 K png
    CSS and javascript files can be "compressed" by removing the white-space that makes them human readable.

    Of course the HTML page takes up bytes too, don't forget that!
    On top of this, you can download YSlow for Firefox (comes with firebug) or Chrome to see how fast your page is loading and what you have to do to get it to load even faster.

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    In terms of user experience, the faster the better. People have got used to sites loading very quickly and have become impatient. Quite rightly so, IMO. Unless you want to watch streaming videos, there's no excuse for most pages to take more than a couple of seconds to load on a typical broadband connection. Sometimes a page can be slow because of a dodgy connection somewhere along the line, but mostly it's because they're being served loads of rubbish that they don't want or need. Third-party widgets like Google Analytics and Facebook feeds are among the worst culprits.

    On the other hand, in terms of SEO (seeing as you've asked the question in the SEO forum), it's far less of a big deal. Google doesn't particularly rank sites based on their speed. What you do have to watch out for is that if your site is really slow, it might be penalised as a result, but it isn't a race to get the last millisecond out of it. I'm not sure whether Googlebot will be slowed down by Javascript baddies (like ads, GA and FB) but if not, you've got even less to worry about.

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    I could not understand this point you can reduce the number of calls to absolute links (the ones with "http://") to minimze the "over the net" fetching so can you elaborate?

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    If you needed to go to 5 different places in another city, which would be faster?

    Going to the city, going to one place, then going from home to the city again to another place
    - or -
    Going to the city, going to one place, then while there going to another place.

    Well, OK, that isn't the best example. Actually the traffic is still needed.
    But the browser doesn't need to figure out where to start looking from scratch.

    So the example should be more like

    Figuring out where the city is, going there to the first place, again figuring out where the city is, going there to another place.
    - or -
    Figuring out where the city is, going there to the first place, Knowing where the city is, going there to another place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mittineague View Post
    If you needed to go to 5 different places in another city, which would be faster?

    Going to the city, going to one place, then going from home to the city again to another place
    - or -
    Going to the city, going to one place, then while there going to another place.

    Well, OK, that isn't the best example. Actually the traffic is still needed.
    But the browser doesn't need to figure out where to start looking from scratch.

    So the example should be more like

    Figuring out where the city is, going there to the first place, again figuring out where the city is, going there to another place.
    - or -
    Figuring out where the city is, going there to the first place, Knowing where the city is, going there to another place.
    Thanks for providing such an expert detail information. so its the matters of the place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnletton View Post
    I could not understand this point you can reduce the number of calls to absolute links (the ones with "http://") to minimze the "over the net" fetching so can you elaborate?
    You must understand that Google give importance to loading speed of a site and ther is one link that I want to share with you. I think do work on it then after I dont think you will have many problem regarding to know http:// request that send to server
    http://pagespeed.googlelabs.com/


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