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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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Amazing 3D Flash Website with "Real" Interactivity : Learn How to Make a Website at DMA

Learn how to become a web designer at DMA!

This is such an exciting time to be a web designer! Web users are getting more web savvy every day, online software applications are becoming the norm, the internet has become a part of most people’s daily lives, people are connected almost everywhere they go, half of everyone’s life is help somewhere on the net, and internet connections are faster than ever! This is a great time to be a web designer!

At DMA you’ll learn the web design skills and techniques to build amazing websites. Digital Media Academy’s pro web courses are built around Adobe’s web creative suite of applications including Dreamweaver, Photoshop, and Flash.

Make a website at DMA. Learn Web Design

Earlier this week I came across a CNN “Breaking News” video clip that demoed a new site by GE. This site uses 3d animation, live video, and Flash technology together with a tangible piece of paper you print out from the site. They are calling this “Augmented Reality.” The website uses your computer’s built-in camera and microphone to interact with website. Check it out! It is a very interesting site that shows a little of what is possible when combing your web developer skills and a good chunk of imagination. Creative web designers and web developers continue to push the limits of what is possible on the new web frontier.

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Learn more about web design training courses and summer camps at DMA!


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Kids Learning Pro Web Design at Age 10! Technology Classes + Computer Camp for Kids

“Wow! That animation looks great! Ok. Now we’re going to take the animated Flash movie you just created and you are going to import it into Dreamweaver on your web page. Let’s all do this together! Ready?”

I am right in the middle of another great Digital Media Adventures course for kids at Stanford: Web Design and Flash. We are taking an in depth look at the Adobe Creative Suite applications: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Dreamweaver, and Adobe Flash. We are on the third day of the five-day course at Stanford University. My class just got back into the classroom from playing a crazy game of Slaughter Ball. It sounds scary, but it’s a lot of fun. Sort of like Dodge Ball. The kids in my class are a little out of breath from playing ball, but that’s to be expected at a summer camp. They came running in and jumped (literally) in their seats excited about their Flash movies they created just before the break.

While the kids are experiencing all the fun of a summer camp, they are also getting an unbelievable learning experience. That’s what makes this the full summer computer camp experience. They are learning the same pro applications we are teaching across the Stanford campus in our adult web design courses. The professional Adobe applications like Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and Flash are the real deal! The kids pick up the technology so fast. That makes it really fun to teach. It’s interesting how much better kids interact with technology they have grown up with their whole life.

Earlier in the week, the kids in my class had already designed and created their own logo and company business card design. Their custom business card had their picture from a photograph taken in the class. The graphics and effects they created turned out amazing. They had learned the ins and outs of the Adobe software and were creating a matching website to go with their cards and logo. They were now adding an animated movie they created in Flash to spice up their website design.

In the next three classrooms I can faintly hear the other Adventures classes. The kids in 3d video Game Design course are screaming about some new level they created trying to destroy their enemy. From the Robotics and Programming class I can hear cheers of two robots racing. I see the Film, Digital Movie Making and Effects class go by with all their cameras, mics, lights, and scripts to go act, film, and direct their next scene. I wish I’d been exposed to this when I was this age! This computer camp is the real deal.

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