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How To Improve & Test Your Web Page Loading Speed

Finding good web-development help is difficult, and for many web devs, the more coding you can do yourself, the better off you are. But there is help out there and from a noted expert on the web: Google.


Testing page-loading speed using WebPageTest.org. 

Internet Speed Freaks
Google offers great web development tools. Its latest, a Page Speed Service, will help developers improve the speed at which their web pages load. Basically, Google is offering to re-write your web code so your site’s pages load faster. To use the service (which was developed by Google’s Make the Web Faster team, in Bangalore, India), web slingers just need to sign up for it and point their site’s DNS entry to Google.

Want to test your website to see how fast it’s loading? There’s a web page for that. WebPageTest.org lets anyone type in a URL and Google will give you an indication of how much faster the site could load – if you were to use the Page Speed Service. In some cases you could improve your websites loading time by 25 to 60 percent, according to Google.


Once you’ve tested the page, the results are displayed in the same browser window.  

Ram Ramani, an engineer with Google, explained it this way: “Page Speed Service fetches content from your servers, rewrites your pages by applying Web performance best practices, and serves them to end users via Google’s servers across the globe.”

Google has released tools to help improve web page loading speed before, like the Page Speed browser extension and the Page Speed Online API, which was released earlier this year. Last year Google released mod page speed; the Apache module helps rewrite web pages automatically.

Currently the Page Speed Service is being offered for free by limited availability; webmasters that want to use the service must apply for Page Speed Service online in order to be free testers. In the future, the service will be available to everyone for a fee, with pricing competitive to other similar services.

Mastering Web Development
If you’re looking to improve your web-development skills, other people’s tools will only go so far. The best way to truly master the web is to start by learning HTML. You can also attend professional web-training sessions at places like Digital Media Academy.

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America’s Internet Habits: Where You’re Going Online

America loves the Internet. And newly released statistics are giving us a pretty good idea about what Americans love doing online. The data below was gathered by Nielsen, Alexa and other media research firms and covers the 2009-2010 time period. It’s no surprise where and how Americans spend their time online:


What You’re Doing Online:

  1. Most Visited: FaceBook (social network – more than 900 million hours)
  2. Most Played: FB’s CityVille (online game – 400 million hours)
  3. Most Used: Yahoo! Mail (email – 350 million hours)
  4. Most Visited Destination: Yahoo! (150 million hours)
  5. Most Instant Messages: Windows Live (140 million hours)
  6. Most Viewed: YouTube Watching Videos/Movies (130 million hours)
  7. Most Searched: Google (search tools and more – 120 million hours)
  8. Most Viewed Classified Ads & Auctions: Amazon.com (100 million hours)

 

Just The Stats
Examining the numbers, you can’t help but be struck at the dominance of social networking activities which more than doubled the amount of hours spent on the next closest category, online games. Back-up statistics show that FaceBook charted a whopping 43 percent gain in share time between 2009 and 2010. Not only that, but the most popular online game belonged to FaceBook, too. Its Cityville game has the largest number of online participants, with nearly 89 million active users (although that statistic includes international users).

The other stand-out among the statistics was YouTube, which is clearly how most Americans are now watching video clips. Charting a 12 percent share growth during 2009-2010, each month YouTube users view an estimated 700 billion clips, according to this new data.

It should be noted that not all category leaders saw increases in their market share during the time period studied. For example, the data suggests that Yahoo! Mail actually lost 28 percent of its market share during 2009-2010. Similarly, Yahoo!’s share of the Portals category decreased 19 percent, while Windows Live dropped 15 percent of its share of the Instant Messaging category.

The Top Five Websites (2009-2010):

  1. YouTube (500 million)
  2. Windows Live (330 million)
  3. FaceBook (132.5 million)
  4. Yahoo! Mail (72.5 million)
  5. Amazon (65 million)

 

Online media continues to dominate the attention of Americans. For an industry that’s rapidly growing by the hour, the creative and well-trained digital media professionals who design, create, code and develop web content have their work cut out for them. About to enter the workforce? If you’re looking for a place to build a successful career, start by taking advantage of the Internet.

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