Site Performance After Hosting Upgrade

The last week of July was a very painful week for this website. Our previous hosting company was having a world of difficulty through an ongoing Denial of Service attack and, combined with a particularly alarming security breach, it was time to leave. Despite lengthy periods of outage and a slow ftp connection, I managed to migrate the site to a new host and get the DNS sorted by the 30th July 2010. I thought I’d share some interesting data which should encourage us all to rethink our hosting from…

Improving Site Speed – Talk About The Business Benefit

For many months now, webmasters have been responding to signals from Google that page speed would soon become a ranking factor. Very recently, Google confirmed that for a limited set of queries, Google.com (US) results are influenced by page load times (around 1% of queries). Although you shouldn’t panic about this announcement, it may be wise to be prepared for a wider implementation of the change across Google’s search results. Photo credit: Ed Callow Thing is, if you haven’t been optimising your site performance for improved speed until now, you…

Tools to Speed Up Your Site

Matt Cutts recently referred to a movement inside Google to begin using page load times as part of the organic ranking algorithm, describing the factor as one of his ‘what to expect in 2010? bullet points in a presentation at PubCon Vegas 2009. Photo by: lrargerich Most webmasters and SEO’s have seen this as a positive change, and Google have already started doing a lot to support webmasters in their quest to pursue a faster, more efficient website. They’ve even begun developing a new protocol, “SPDY” to improve upon the…