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    Home page load time

    According to Google Analytics, the average load time of my home page is 10 seconds.
    http://www.innerpreneuracademy.com
    I think this is unacceptable.

    My page has a video, but it is hosted on Amazon S3. Any clue why my page is loading so slowly, and what I can do about it?
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    use the onlinepagespeed test and it will show you whats wrong, there are a lot of different things that can make a page slow:

    https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights

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    i did a quick look and it boils down to:

    you need to enable caching of things on peoples browserts (search google for ettags)

    you need to enable compression of pages (search for mod_deflate)

    and you need to run your images through something like smush.it

    once you have done those then you should run the tests again and see whats next

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    and you have something wrong with an image: bg.png thats loading 4 times from different places.

    fixing this one thing will take 2 seconds from the load time!!

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    Google track it by toolbar.
    You should remove all party script if want it fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ced View Post
    Google track it by toolbar.
    You should remove all party script if want it fast.
    I think you meant "third" party script, didn't you?
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    Also, always ask yourself: is this my provider? See if you can host this page on a different server and see if it makes a difference.

    Of course, optimizing your page for image sizes and making sure that your embedded media loading happens in parallel with the page loading is a must.
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    combine CSS and JavaScript
    use a cache plugin ( w3 total )
    avoid 404 pages
    and use a CDN

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    Lightbulb Whitespace?

    Hi paulcj2, Your page took 8 seconds to load at my end using my cell phone as a modem. I live at the equivalent of star wars forest moon Endor, SEQ, Australia. Maybe stripping the whitespace from your source code will save 500ms - 1 second. I hope this information was useful.

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    I believe the video at the front page make it slower. Use minimal JavaScript if you want a fast load site. For images, you can use a plugin to shrink the size.

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    http://tools.pingdom.com/fpt/

    See what takes away the most time

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    Check if you have any css or js that slow things down, because your site has to load these elements on to your site. If you have large images, try to optimize them, when you export using photoshop, use Save For Web, then select quality to 60-70. That will help. If your site is too low, try to move to dedicated server. On shared hosting, sometimes other websites on the same server can slow down your website.

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    check your plugins, delete plugins not used.
    plugins sometimes have a big size capacity

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    8 to 10 second

    Quote Originally Posted by keripik buah View Post
    check your plugins, delete plugins not used.
    plugins sometimes have a big size capacity
    as for today search engine new algorithm website loading time should be 8 to 10 second

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    Why don't you try other tools to check the page load time. As time passed this is one of the most important factor of on-page optimization.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peterbloging View Post
    Why don't you try other tools to check the page load time. As time passed this is one of the most important factor of on-page optimization.
    Which 'other tools' that haven't already been mentioned in this thread would you suggest? What is your experience with them?
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    I think the original info is wrong, I've got a seriously lousy web connection, I can barely stream lowest res YouTube video, and your site loaded in about 1 second, that 10 second average can't be right.

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    There are a couple of things you could do to optimise your front-end, such as compressing images, moving your JavaScript to the bottom of the page or dynamically loading it, gzipping your page and simply reducing how many HTTP requests you are making.

    However, your page isn't exactly big to begin with, which leads me to believe that it's down to both your hosting and your choice of CMS. WordPress can be quite sluggish, especially when you have extended it to be used like a CMS. WP Total Cache can help, but WordPress is best used as a blog and not a CMS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulcj2 View Post
    According to Google Analytics, the average load time of my home page is 10 seconds.
    http://www.innerpreneuracademy.com
    I think this is unacceptable.

    My page has a video, but it is hosted on Amazon S3. Any clue why my page is loading so slowly, and what I can do about it?
    Totally unacceptable. I wouldn't hire a website designer who had a slow home page like that. I wish I knew what the problem was with your own website but yes...

    This has to be fixed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WebsiteWriter View Post
    Totally unacceptable. I wouldn't hire a website designer who had a slow home page like that.
    Pretty harsh I think. It could happen to anyone, although best case you wouldn't let the client see it until it was fixed. However, sometimes in testing the things that go right go wrong once the site is live.
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    He said "I think this is unacceptable" and I agreed with him. I also wouldn't hire a website designer who had a slow home page like that so I'm only being honest. I guess, maybe too honest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WebsiteWriter View Post
    He said "I think this is unacceptable" and I agreed with him. I also wouldn't hire a website designer who had a slow home page like that so I'm only being honest. I guess, maybe too honest.
    My bad. I misunderstood. I was thinking ... well I don't KNOW what I was thinking! I wasn't thinking the developer's home page. I was thinking a home page for a client, in which case he was probably already hired. I agree with you. If your own home page is taking 10 seconds to load, you will only lose traffic and possible clients. I'd take it down until it was fixed (or at least make sure it was out of sight).
    Last edited by Shyflower; Jan 7, 2013 at 10:47. Reason: learning how to spell
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    Yeah, sorry for the misunderstanding. I probably could have written with a little more clarity. I'm surprised that anything I type makes sense some days with all the crazy things I have going on.

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    if that is the problem, do the following steps. those will definatively help you.

    optimize css
    optimize javascript
    use CDN such as MaxCDN

    if you are using wordpress, use W3 Total Cache


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