Optimizing your website
Daniel from DailyBlogTips has started a series on “Speed Up your site” with his first post being on Optimizing the images on the site and engtech has also written a good post on Optimizing the site . After reading these posts i was also concerned about the loading time of my site and what can i do to actually improve it .Generally the loading time of the site should be between 1-3 seconds or else this might discourage visitors from visiting it and this is very important in case of personal blogs . Some of the important tips i learned from these posts are
1)Image Optimization and using the correct format
If you use quite a lot of images on your site , they create an extra burden on the site and it adversaly effects the loading time . So it is very important to use a proprer format for the images . The are softwares like Photoshop which have a feature of “Save for the Web” which can be used to reduce the image size . Another tool which Daniel Mentions is the Online Image Optimizer from Dynamic Drive which can also convert file format if needed.
2)Always make your content comes first than sidebars in theme
You sould always settle for a theme which has this thing . If your theme is displaying the sidebars first , you got to hack your theme by modifying the CSS etc but switching to some other theme is usually the best option .
Tools to check your Website Speed
One of the best and simple tool to measure your website is the Website Speed Test from Iwebtools . All you need to do is enter the web adress and it will give you the time it takes to load the site . At current the load time of my site was around 1.3 seconds so thats not pretty bad .