An optimized web page not only provides for a more responsive site for your visitors, but also reduces the load on your web servers and internet connection.
A visitor to your blog is always happier with a page that loads quickly. The problem is...How is that accomplished? Let me tell you what I found...optimized web pages is the answer. There are several methods of optimizing your web page.
One way is reducing page weight through the elimination of unnecessary whitespace. Page weight is by far the most important factor in page load performance. Tools, such as HTML Tidy, can automatically strip leading whitespace and extra blank lines from valid HTML source. You can remove whitespace (the spaces between your coding) from your html by hand. Doing this will take a lot of extra weight off the total size of your page and will speed up load time quite a bit.
You can also trim down your pages. In Blogger that simply means reducing the amount of posts on your main page. You can do this by going to the dashboard/settings/formatting/show. I selected five posts. I will see how that feels, and perhaps change it again later.
Here's another way to help your page load quicker. Simply add the width and height tags to your img tags. For example, if your original image (img) tags looks like:
<img SRC="blogheader.gif">>and the width and height of blogheader.gif is 30 by 15, change the above tag to:
<img SRC="blogheader.gif" width=30 height=15>How do these tags improve the speed? It helps the browser determine the layout of your page before the image is actually loaded. It stands to reason, if you have many images on your page, taking time to load each image before calculating the final layout of the page would take longer.
Reducing your images will decrease load time. This Online Image Optimizer will reduce the file size of your gif, jpg, or pngs. It is a free online tool, and easy to use.
I have tried to save all my images as PNGs because they don't have the copyright issue and they load fast. But, if you still want to use gifs and jpgs, here is a good rule of thumb... If you don't need sharp resolution, choose GIFs over JPEGs, as GIFs generally load quicker. JPGs are generally best for photos, GIFs for anything else.
Using some of these techniques will trim your blog and increase your load time. This results in happier visitors...and return visitors!!
Thanks to these sites:
Chami.com Tips, WebWeaver.nu, Netscape Devedge