Site Optimization & Speed!

My website STILL doesn’t work from home.  Although, at the moment, I can access it from Firefox, but not from Chrome.  Tell me that makes sense… [usually I can’t access it from either].

I’ve been doing a lot of research lately about site optimization.  Hence all my craziness regarding ALT TEXT.  Which has helped!  Ever since filling in the Alt Text on my 2,700 photos I’ve started getting visitors who found me through random Google searches.  That’s a start!  And I totally think it’s due to filling in my Alt Text and finally showing up on Google’s radar!

I’ve also been reading about image optimization – how to keep your photos big enough to look good, but not so big they slow down the load speed of your site.  I’ve always tried to keep mine under 1,000 KB – most are in the 300-500 KB range.  I take 95% of my blog photos with my smart phone, which I’ve set to produce photos in that size range.  They’re big enough so you can click and make them larger, but not too big they overwhelm your screen [and slow down my site].  I was worried they still might be too big, but today I found this site:

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

It tests the speed of any website you enter!  I learned today that if your site loads in 3 seconds or less, it makes Google happy.  Over that and you’re not running at optimum level for search engines.  I put mine in and hit the “Test Now” button.  It took 2.94 seconds for my site to load, and said it was faster than 55% of all tested websites [there’s like a gazillion sites being tested constantly – it’s kind of fun to watch!].  Unfortunatley I didn’t take a screenie.  I looked through the Site Analayis they offer, and it told me that the MyFitnessPal widget I had on my site was slowing it down, so I removed it and my site loaded in 2.61 seconds and jumped to being faster than 60% of all tested sites:

pingdom website speed test / load time assessment

So then I read further through the Site Analysis provided and it showed me that my images were the next thing slowing down my site.  I did a quick search through my media folder and found about 50 images that were > 1,000 KB [aka 1 MB].  I resized them and re-inserted them into my site, then did another speed test:

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My load time dropped more than 1½ seconds [!] – it took only a fraction over 1 second for it to load!  Which makes it faster than 89% of all tested websites!!!  Woohoo!!!  I’ll take it!  *feeling proud of all my hard work – HAPPY DANCE*

On a completely different subject, here’s some storm pics I took on my way home from work today, and the ensuing sunset:

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The sun was out briefly when I got home [before all those dark clouds caught up to me], so I got some pics of Bonkers enjoying the cat enclosure:

bonkers enjoying the outdoor cat enclosure / catio        bonkers enjoying the outdoor cat enclosure / catio

I carried him out to the yard and put him in.  He seems to really like it!  He was kneading the cushion and purring and rubbing his face all over the chicken wire 🙂

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3 Comments

  1. Nine Dark Moons

    Woah, my site worked from home last night AND this morning… does that mean it’s fixed?

  2. Alison, we drove past your house about a week ago! Well, we were actually on I-95, but when we went over the Ipswich River, I realized that we probably HAVE driven by your house on some previous trip when we used 1A!! We go to Maine often to visit Eric’s kids. For some reason I thought Ipswich was south of Boston … guess not! If I’d known ahead of time that we would literally be in your neighborhood, I would have let you know! Oh, and thanks for more info about site optimization! 🙂

    • Nine Dark Moons

      That’s awesome! Yeah, we’re about 35 minutes North of Boston, right on 1A 🙂 It would be awesome to meet you guys if you’re back in my neighborhood! Maine is gorgeous – hubby and I are planning a day trip for lobster rolls [well, lobster for me, veggie wrap for him].

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