GTMetrix and why page loading matters

Last Update: October 20, 2016

I recently migrated to another web host after more than four years at Servage GMBh, which held offices in Germany. I'm now with A2Hosting and before I made the switch, I ask them specifically about page loading speed and site performance issues.

Apparently, since I'm only on shared hosting my previous host cannot allow me to configure my site based on certain speed and site optimization options, including gzip compression and CSS, Javascript loading, among others.

As shown below, you can imagine the huge impact it made on my site compared with previous performance:

The 11.9 seconds is deplorable and visitors will simply not wait for my page to load anymore. They might as well visit someone else's site.

Now here's the current status: (Firefox)

The page load could go as fast as 2.4 seconds on Google Chrome:

Improving on site performance remains a constant task. I don't think any serious site owner or publisher would like to remain stagnant and not think of ways to further improve site's performance.

I suggest that you try looking into the performance of your website using GTMetrix.

https://gtmetrix.com/

There are a lot of technical terms that someone like you and me may find a bit daunting, but given some research, which the site also have, then it adds some more knowledge for the webmaster to use as he go about trying to improve site speed and performance.

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Hi Herman, do you have any advice as to what to do with enabling Keep Alive?
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jedmed Premium
Hi, I think if you are in a shared hosting there will be issues to make the Keep Alive options available. Contact the host admin here so you can find out more. I hope they can help you further on this. :)
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DoubleTap Premium
Great advice... I think I might!!!
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wweb53 Premium
this is very good info that we all can use. Thanks,
cheers,
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jedmed Premium
Thanks!
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lindasays Premium
Great tip! Speed does matter a lot. I wasn't sure how to figure it out and now I do. Thank you!
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jedmed Premium
I also suggest you subscribe to pingdom, so every time your site is down, they will alert you.
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lindasays Premium
Awesome, thank you!
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onmyownterms Premium
Thanks for sharing real visual differences for everyone.
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jedmed Premium
Yes, it does show a big difference.
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