One of the many factors that can attract both people and search engines to your website is the speed at which it loads. If a site takes more than just a few seconds to load on a standard Broadband connection then most people aren’t going to stick around very long and most SEO experts generally agree that Google factors the speed of a page load into it’s ranking of sites. The bottom line is simple…get your site to load faster.
I have a very close friend who lives in Australia who often badgers me about how slow my site loads. He’ll send me a message in Skype or we’ll be chatting and he’ll begin to make fun of how slow Site Sketch 101 loads in Australia. When I load my site, it only takes about 4 or 5 seconds from start to finish so I always make fun of the Aussie internet services and tell him that his island full of convicts just needs to get caught up with modern society and get real internet.
The problem, however, isn’t his internet service…it’s my site. Even though I’m able to load my site in just a few seconds, my friend, Andrew is literally on the other side of the world trying to pull images, html, stylesheets and more off of my shared hosting platform in the United States. It’s slow.
Introducing the Cloudfront Server
So today I made a change. I uploaded my images, my media library and my includes file to an Amazon Cloudfront server. Amazon Cloudfront creates copies of my content on servers located around the world so that when I load my site, I’m connected to a server somewhere here in America and when Andrew tries to load my site, he’ll be connecting to a server in Australia. This allows both of us to experience faster load times and a much better overall experience for all my readers throughout the world.
Have you noticed Site Sketch 101 loading any faster for you? How fast does it load? What do you use to speed up the page loads on your website or blog? What advice would you give to others who are trying to accomplish this same task at their site?
Andrew, how fast does it load now?
P.S. The amazon cloudfront footer still says that the copyright is from 2008 – 2009. They need to update it. Some people notice those things so if yours is out of date then be sure to update it. There are few ways to appear more professional than to pay attention to details.