Site Performance

BKKPhotographer Site Performance

BKKPhotographer Site Performance. Click for a larger picture.

I took a look at the Google Webmaster Tools “Site Performance” metrics for this blog.

I was surprised that the page load times have shot up recently and they say the average is 4.8 seconds: slower than 72% of all web sites.

They don’t say how many samples they took, so the mean is not very useful. It looks like there was a spike in December but the load time has gone down again. The sloth could be related to problems with the pictures I include on almost every post. I have noticed that Picapp has been very slow recently.

The page content changes every time I make a new post and WordPress splits the page and includes an “Older Entries” link  after 10 posts. (I think that’s the rule they use).

I am not going to get too excited about the mean metric but I will watch the graph more frequently.

Please leave a comment if you have been annoyed (or pleased) by the performance of this blog.

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2 Responses to “Site Performance”

  1. Uthen Kamsurin Says:

    In Chiang Mai, TOT speeds are pretty miserable. Almost every time I try to upload or save an article I get a Server Error message, sometimes 3 in a row so its not a surprise that site performance figures are so poor.

    • BKKPhotographer Says:

      The Google Site Performance metric has nothing to do with the speed of the Internet in Thailand. It is based on the performance of the site when crawled by Google’s servers. The graph above shows that this blog had a sharp decrease in performance for every user, no matter where in the world they are.

      The Internet access problems we share in Thailand mean we’ll rarely see performance as good as the numbers shown by Google.

      Google don’t share information about their test methodology – e.g. where the crawler servers are relative to the WordPress host. That would reveal too much about their network topology.

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