The art of tuning a website to deliver it's content quickly and efficiently to the user over a potentially low bandwidth connection.

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How to test the speed of my server inet connection?

The connection speed our webapp is showing (from my office) is much slower than my connection speed to a SpeedTest.net site in the same city. I can test my internet using SpeedTest.net to Houston ...
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CSS Above or Below Body for Speed? [on hold]

I just have a genuine question, should I put any CSS above or below the body tag (maybe for Javascript too?), and what are the pro's and con's of each method? and what's the (dis)advantages of using a ...
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How to make US websites faster in China?

We've been troubleshooting our site's performance in China. We've removed a lot of the scripts that were slowing pages down. Two critical things we can't simply remove are Google Analytics and Google ...
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Can I defer loading Modernizr?

I'm using an HTML5 template that makes thorough use of the semantic tags and includes Modernizr up top to do the necessary IE coaxing. Google PageSpeed is complaining about the blocking JavaScript and ...
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What's the minimum age for a Cache-Control header with Akamai?

We're planning an integration with a CDN (likely Akamai) and are trying to determine how low we could go for a max-age value. For a site that could get a few hundred thousand folks hitting the site ...
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Caching a changing site

I run a website where the static content changes at least 4 times a week and I'm trying to figure out the best header arrangement to use. Currently I have all caching related headers in use. I have ...
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When webservers send a page, why don't they send all required CSS, JS, and images without being asked?

When a web page contains a single CSS file and an image, why do browsers and servers waste time with this traditional time-consuming route: browser sends an initial GET request for the webpage and ...
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Why is loading speed of a website important for SEO?

I see everywhere on the internet how to optimize loading speed of a website but no one says why it's important for SEO. Inevitably, there are reasons why Google has decided to take this factor into ...
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Does the load time of an XML sitemap matter?

I have a dynamic sitemap that will change on a daily basis. Because I'm hosting on Heroku, I'm having some difficulty getting it to persist. I'm considering having the sitemap generate on request, ...
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Google Webmaster Tools is reporting that some URLs listed my sitemap have a high response time [duplicate]

In Google Webmaster Tools looking at a new clients site, I'm seeing sitemap errors that I haven't seen before with this message: Some URLs listed in this Sitemap have a high response time. This ...
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How to improve load time when Pingdom says 80% of the load time is the web browser waiting for data from the server? [closed]

tools.pingdom.com gives a speed analysis of any given website. What does it mean when most of the load time is spent on waiting? I am using a CDN.
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For SEO, can content containing keywords be written into the page using JavaScript and still rank well?

We have a list of product summaries that appear on several different product listing sections of our website. Currently, these products are rendered into the HTML, and end up in different caches ...
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Improve load speed of web page with many images [duplicate]

I own an ecommerce website built with Magento that has many images in the homepage for promotional banners. What is the best way to improve load speed? Reducing the file size sacrifice quality, so is ...
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Website Speed Index for SPA applications

I have a large SPA website, when measuring performance is there a standard metric to measure the time to transition between virtual pages? I know about speed index, but that only seems to cover ...
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What are the performance implications of loading static files as links vs. sending everything (including static files) inline

I was wondering what would be faster: Loading Static Files vs. Sending everything (including static files) in one HTML file? For example if I had a page that needs: jQuery font awesome CSS I ...
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Website Performance Testing Tools [closed]

I have a contract before me that says our client will use "the following metrics will be used to determine performance standards" of the MVC4 based web site we want to deploy for them. I am looking ...
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How can I simulate a slow connection for page load?

I have a fast server, and a reasonably fast home Internet connection. How can I simulate my page loading on a slow connection?
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What is “blocking time” in Chrome browser?

According to the answer of http://stackoverflow.com/questions/15597936/blocking-time-in-google-chrome: "Blocking" is the time the request spent waiting for an already established connection to ...
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Can .htaccess be used to cache AdSense JavaScript to improve the pagespeed score?

I'm AdSense publisher and I need to improve the page speed score for my site. It already gets 90/100 for speed and 100/100 for User Experience, however Google AdSense code is preventing it from ...
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“High response time” warnings in Google Webmaster Tools

In my Google Webmaster Tools account, there are warnings about my site. Some URLs listed in this sitemap have a high response time. This may indicate a problem with your server or with the content ...
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How do I fix “high response time” warnings from Google Webmaster Tools? [duplicate]

In my Google Webmaster Tools account, there is warnings about my site: Some URLs listed in this sitemap have a high response time. This may indicate a problem with your server or with the content ...
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Why requests/Sec is very low in jmeter benchmarking while website serves so many users?

I've created a Thread Group to test my server load. In the following picture you can see that throughput is about 27 per min. The site is a high traffic website. Is jmeter precise on showing this ...
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JMeter: how to asign a single distinct value from CSV Data Set Config to each thread in thread group?

I have to make a load test for a relatively large number of users so I cant really use User Parameters pre-processor to parametrize each thread with custom user data. I've read that I should use CSV ...
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What is the Google Chrome equivalent to Firebug?

I'm looking for a tool that can: inspect HTML elements manage/debug JavaScript profile performance modify elements in real-time
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Is gzip compression available for GitHub pages?

I'm using GitHub pages to host my site. While checking Google PageSpeed Insights, it recommends that I enable gzip compression. Since I have a static site hosted on GitHub, I'm not sure that is ...
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Long 'Wait' Time for three php/CSS files. Is something blocking them?

I have been speed optimizing a Wordpress site to little effect. There are three files CSS-related php files from the Wordpress theme that are delaying page loads on the site. One of the three files ...
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For performance reasons: have different pages for search engines and users

I have a SEO question for single page applications. We're working on a SPA (not yet public) that displays tables of numeric data to users. The data volume is large, number aggregations are costly ...
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What if one certain page is much slower than the rest of your website?

I have a very fast website, but there is one overview page that queries a lot and takes 16 to 17 seconds to load. Will this have an impact on my SEO?
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What are the effects on loading times when conditionally loading and concatenating scripts?

Suppose you have a script in your theme that you always need on every page - say 'animate-menu.js' (10KB) - and you have one that you only need on one specific page - say 'validate-contactform.js' ...
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Improve web site performance via parallel CSS downloads?

I was optimizing the page load time of a website. One of the ways was by combining multiple HTTP requests for CSS into one combined HTTP request. But one of the reviewers asked an interesting ...
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InstantClick effect on SEO?

InstantClick.io is a pretty awesome JS library that makes a website feel a lot faster (in most cases) by prefetching links when a user is hovering above them. This will cut off at least about 100ms ...
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What's causing the 'wait' time before my HTML loads?

I have a website the seems to load very slowly. When I run a speed test on it I see there seems to be a 6 secound gap before the HTML loads. Images and JS scripts load very fast after that point. You ...
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Specifying image dimensions to improve browser performance

I recently ran an audit on my web site using Google Developer Tools. My images are all the same size (500 horizontal by 300 vertical pixels) so I thought it would be better if I left out the image ...
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Performance hit of a lot of unused font-faces

If you have an html file, and in that html file you link to styles.css which covers all the styling of the page. Then inside of styles.css you have something like @import url('../css/fonts.css'). ...
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Is there any way to simulate a slow connection between my server and an iPad (without installing anything on the server)?

Some of our webapp users have difficulty on slower connections. I"m trying to get a better idea of what that "speed barrier is" so I'd like to be able to test a variety of connection speeds. I've ...
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How can I speed up the download time of a Bootstrap theme'd website?

I realize some of the ways are: Use the minified versions of all the .css and .js Load the common library elements (jQuery, etc.) from some common source. Not sure what the source that's most likely ...
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Why does bingbot access my sites the most even if I set crawl rate to the minmum?

Recently my sites got overloaded and it turned out bingbot was the culprit. I set the crawl rate for the minimum for my sites in bing webmaster tools, but regardless bingbot has the most access (about ...
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Determining cause of random latency and loading issues

I'm not sure exactly what details to post in regards to my issue, because I'm not sure what is relevant. Prior to the end of September my websites all loaded quickly, in almost all cases. Loading ...
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Regarding improving site performance

I have an e-commerce website and have close to 9000 products in it with each product having 3 pictures at least. Now my site is loading at an average speed but I want to improve it, as I will be ...
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Using directories vs http get? [duplicate]

Which of the following is better and why please? Which is better for SEO? http://stackoverflow.com/questions/ask http://stackoverflow.com/index.php?p=questions&a=ask
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How do I pick a host with the fastest access to a third party API?

I'm developing an application that relies on an API that is very time-sensitive. Every millisecond advantage I have over my competitors the better. Is there a good way to determine the optimal ...
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Dynamically load CSS

I'm using LESS for creating CSS and I'm considering using something like grunt-render on the server side in order to only load the CSS / JS that is needed for that page. My goal is to reduce overhead ...
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Google Pagespeed not recognizing minify, cache leveraging, etc

Recently, my sites score completely dropped in site optimization/speed in the Google Adsense rating system. When using Google PageSpeed Insights it tells me quite a few things. One being to leverage ...
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What kind of increase can I expect from improving site speed

I have a pretty slow site. This is what WMT measured: Now I know speed is a factor in SEO, but considering it is very difficult to make the site faster, I'm trying to evaluate the ROI of this effort. ...
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How to test the speed of a page that is guarded behind login page?

For public page, I can use pingdom.com to calculate the response time/uptime of a page over a certain period of time. However, pingdom cannot time the response time of a webpage guarded behind a ...
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SEO / Perfomance domain matters

If I register a domain by some domain registrar and than host in on some hosting provider, does the SEO or performance matter? E.g. I register the domain in UK and then host in Dallas, are there any ...
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Declaring variables using single or multiple var statements. Performance wise [closed]

Someone once told me that it's better for Javascript performance to use one var statement rather then multiple. I.e. // Version A. Allegedly Faster var a = 1, b = 2, c = 3; // Version B. ...
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Can I set Cache-Control in the .htaccess file for a specific part of a document (just a section of the <body>)

I noticed, by using Google Page Speed Insights, that if I structure my HTML to load the critical, above-the-fold content first, my page will improve performance - and it woks (with now current perf. ...
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If a page takes too long to load, after how long will a user give up and re-load or go elsewhere?

If a page takes too long to load, after how long – generally – will a user give up and re-load or go elsewhere? What studies have been done that measured page load time and user ...