Does Your Web Site Need A Tune Up?

Written by Bill Daugherty

Your web site may contain flaws or glitches that are driving your visitors away! Such a thought is enough to giverepparttar most laid back webmaster a migraine. How can you uncover and fix any problem areas that may be lurking inrepparttar 132108 dark recesses of your site? Relax gentle readers, there is a simple answer.

All you have to do is follow a few basic guidelines that all web sites should adhere to and you can be assured that your site is in tip-top shape. It's not unlike giving your automobile a little tuneup.

1 - Slow Loading Pages

Nothing drives a visitor away faster than having to wait around for a web page to load. Most experts will tell you that 8 seconds isrepparttar 132109 maximum load time for your pages, and anything slower needs some attention. But, this doesn't take into accountrepparttar 132110 visitor's modem speed. Here arerepparttar 132111 results from a load time check I had conducted recently onrepparttar 132112 first page of one of my sites.


This diagnostic checks how fast your page loads up under 6 common modem speeds.

Connect Rate Connect Time -------------- --------------- 14.4K 10.12 seconds 28.8K 6.05 seconds 33.6K 5.34 seconds 56K 4.41 seconds ISDN 128K 2.04 seconds T1 1.44Mpbs 1.00 seconds

LOAD TIME CHECK.......................EXCELLENT -------------------------------

I have included these results so you can seerepparttar 132113 difference in load time for various modem speeds and use it as a guide instead ofrepparttar 132114 8 second benchmark you are often given. Please note thatrepparttar 132115 page tested has very few graphics. A page with more graphics will load slower, but may still load in an acceptable time. Slow load time is usually caused by either too many graphics or by graphics that are too "fat." You can have those "fat" graphics optimized by an experienced HTML programmer. If your problem is too many graphics, you need to eliminate a few.


Written by Bob McElwain

Demographics aboutrepparttar Web abound. You may find such data helpful. In general, when I look atrepparttar 132107 research available, I get a feeling it's incomplete. The Web is so vast, I don't think it's possible to find a small representative sample from which significant results can be obtained that reflectrepparttar 132108 whole. Inrepparttar 132109 end, what is reported with numbers may not matter to you, even thoughrepparttar 132110 source is impeccable.

Numbers Don't Always Work

For example, it has been reported that 330 million people are "onrepparttar 132111 Web." I have not read closely enough to know if this means daily, occasionally, or somewhere in between. To me it doesn't matter.

Even if this number were doubled, it would still mean nothing to me. I am interested in reaching an extremely small fraction of web users. The implication I've been seeing in spam messages of late is that I can reach all 330 million people. This is a lie. But there would be no gain in trying to do so in any case.

Honest Numbers Can Be Wrong

I recently read a report that of nearly 100,000 spam messages received by one firm, about a third were promoting po-rn sites. (I used a hyphen in hopes of ducking blocking software.) What does this mean?

Numbers are funny. I never doubt such reports from respectable firms or people. But I am always skeptical aboutrepparttar 132112 numbers themselves. Sure, those wererepparttar 132113 results obtained. I will accept this without hesitation. But they often do not seem in accord with my experience.

I get lots and lots of spam. Less than 3% is po-rn related. Do I thus concluderepparttar 132114 report was wrong? That they were lying for some devious purpose?

Not at all. It only means their sample of email received was not representative of what I receive. In like fashion, it is doubtful my email is typical of yours.

100,000 spams messages is a very small percentage of what is mailed each day. It is so small, results from this sample have very little, if any significance. These results were obtained, that's true. But they may have no meaning relative to you.

Leaverepparttar 132115 particulars of demographics to those keen onrepparttar 132116 topic. Your best plan is to ignore such numbers and focus on interactivity with readers and visitors. In every way you can, seek input, then derive your own demographics from it.

Your Log Files Can Mislead

Recently I was chatting with a fellow who was having trouble getting a page to load under a specific condition in Netscape. Since he uses Internet Explorer, which handled this case correctly, he hadn't noticedrepparttar 132117 problem until I pointed it out.

When I did, he commented, "Hey, I don't need to worry. Only 5% of my visitors are using Netscape." This fellow is wrong in two ways.

Of visitors to my site, over 40% are using Netscape. So have I got it wrong? Or isrepparttar 132118 fellow reporting 5% wrong? Neither of us is. We are both reporting accurately.

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