As a web hosting and design company we are obsessed with website speed, from Fast Web Hosting of our servers, image compression to cleanly coded websites. Website speed has become more and more important from an SEO perspective as it has in the past. Google Analytics tracks website speed, as well as the Google Search Algorithm. If you want to be ahead of your competition your site MUST be faster.
Here is some information from Google about Website Speed and it’s importance.
Global Site Speed Overview: How Fast Are Websites Around The World?
At Google, we are passionate about speed and making the web faster, and from first hand experience, we are glad to see that many website owners share the same goal. A faster web is better for both users and businesses – faster pages lead to better user experience and improved conversions.
Difference between Desktop and Mobile Website Load Times
Average Website Load Times
Mobile internet is growing at an incredible rate and as we can see from the data above, mobile experience is about 1.5x slower than desktop experience. That’s a very big difference, and that is even taking into account that many popular sites are already optimizing for the mobile visitor: fewer resources, smaller resources, and smarter caching strategies.
Let’s take a closer look at web performance for a few specific countries:
The following interactive world map presents the page load times for desktop in seconds for the complete list of countries with enough samples for accurate measurement:
Note that there are many factors that play a role in overall speed of web pages as experienced by users. The browser, the network connection, the client hardware (processing power), the content of the web page, and the hosting location of the web site relative to the user all impact the speed of an individual page load. As a result, the country aggregates listed above depend on all those factors as well.
Finally, let’s take a look at relative page speeds across some of the popular verticals:
First we’d like to talk about how Online Imaged Editors work in the Cloud:
Everyone has a different definition of “the cloud”, a different mission, or a different bandwagon to jump on. Cloud this, Cloud that, it’s all what you want it to be today. The truth is that the Cloud has been around for over a decade, we’ve all been using it since the first time you logged onto a chat room, or used webmail, here we’re referring to Cloud Computing, whereas the software you are using is NOT on YOUR computer, but on a Computer/Server housed remotely.
In the past couple of years Cloud Computing has grown exponentially for two major reasons:
Bandwidth – The growth of internet bandwidth globally has grown huge with Cable, DSL and Satellite providers, most of us are not using “dialup” anymore (sorry if your in the boonies and still using dialup). These high speeds allow us to interact with remote software faster and with greater reliability and SATISFACTION.
Netbooks (Chromebooks) – Second is the number of stripped down “Netbooks” that have hit the market, these computers have very little onboard resources (small processors, ram and hard drives) and rely greatly on the use of Cloud Computing, they are built to work online whenever you’re connected to the internet using webmail and a browser as the primary onboard software.
Online Image Editing in the Cloud
The next big thing we’ve found is more powerful software running in the Cloud. Image editing software is complex, computer resource intensive, and in most cases costly to purchase a software license. Several vendors have now ventured into the Cloud to offer their image editing software. No downloads, no license fees.
Following are a couple of FREE Online Image Editors we’ve found worthy of sharing:
First is Editor by Pixlr.com – A slimmed down version of what looks like Adobe Photoshop, can be used from virtually any web browser, it has a quick interface and allows you to publish your image to various social media websites like Facebook, Twitter and others, as well as save it to your hard drive.
Next up isPhotoshop Express Editor – From the leader in desktop image editing comes an online consumer editor that is full of features and filters that will please most users. One thing we really liked about the Express Editor is the attached Photo Library that Adobe offers, you can save all of your edited images online, with version saves so you have your original as well.
Lastly we need to mention the Adobe Imaged Editor that is included in the Kopage Website Builder. Kopage is the only online website builder we know of that has a full featured web based imaged editor powered by Adobe. Combined with the advanced features of Kopage and the Adobe Image Editor you get a full featured website building experience that beats Wix and Squarespace hands down.
These are just two of the best online image editors that we’ve chosen to review. A simple search on Google for Online Image Editors will turn up a few more. We do a lot of WordPress training here at MHS and we’re now recommending that our clients use one of these online services for their image editing needs. You can manage your website content from any computer using WordPress, and now you can manage, edit and compress all of your images online from any computer using one of these Cloud Computing services for your online image editing needs.
If you’ve used an online image editor please let us know about your experience in the comments below.
There are many perks to being a Maine Hosting Solutions customer but one of the most amazing features that we offer is often overlooked- AWstats.
Lets take a look at what AWstats is:
Advanced Web Statistics (AWStats) is an amazing web server logfile analyzer that shows you all your web statistics including: visitors, pages, hits, hours, search engines, keywords used to find your site, broken links, robots and more.
The main advantage of AWstats vs. other web analyzers such as google analytics, is that this program will not only analyze web logs, but also FTP and mail ones, which will give you a lot more detailed information about the activity taking place on your website.
AWstats allows you to get a good understanding of visitor numbers from both humans and robots, and monitor how much bandwidth is being used. You might also be able to detect if someone is hotlinking to your images or document files too, and taking your bandwidth that way.
It is a tool for network administrators as well as marketers. Don’t waste your time or money on stat counters or visitor counters which are usually inaccurate- AWstats is a server based analyzer and is included in any of our hosting packages that are offered from a Starter Plan to a Super Plan! AWstats is located in the control panel and contains just about any information that you could ever want or need in regards to monitoring activity on your site.
Here are the top 5 pieces of information that you can pull from your AWstats:
Monthly History: This graphs out the unique visitors, number of visits, pages, hits and bandwidth on a month by month basis (seechart).
Weekly/Rush Hour Activity: This charts out the activity of your site based on the hours of the day. It will show you the busiest and slowest times that activity is being generated.
Search Keyphrases: This analyzes and displays the keywords or key phrases that users typed in in order to get to your site. This can be a huge to tool to utilize if you plan on doing any SEO or promotion for your site.
Fan Favorites: AWstats allows you view your sites most viewed, entry and exit pages by visitors. It also calculates the number of times your site is “added to favorites bookmarks”.
Robot/Spider Counter: These are automated programs that enter into websites and follow internal links to seek content and use them as key phrases that may pertain to your websites products. With AWstats, you can track these search engine robots and estimate when your website will be found and be established on the internet.
Let us summarize by saying that AWStats is AWESOME! You can pull data and create graphical and textual displays of your sites activity. As an added bonus, AWStats offers the ability to export data into an XML format for presentations. Remember that this program is free with any hosting package and is located right in your control panel. Enjoy!
What is WordPress? WordPress is an online, open source website creation tool written in PHP. But in non-geek speak, it’s probably the easiest and most powerful blogging and website content management system (or CMS) in existence today.
Who uses WordPress?
You’re in good company if you use WordPress to publish on the web. Many famous blogs, news outlets, music sites, Fortune 500 companies and celebrities are using WordPress.
If you’re ever curious about about who uses WordPress, head on over to the WordPress site showcase and you’ll be impressed by the number of well-known sites and famous people using WordPress to power their websites.
How do I get started using WordPress?
Now you’re probably asking, “how do I get it?”
WordPress is free. Yep, that’s right – it’s 100% free.
WordPress can be downloaded for self-hosted installations from WordPress.org or you can easily install it on almost any WordPress web hosting account. We offer a 1-Click-Auto-Installer for WordPress on our web hosting account.
Check out these top ranking Niche Categories for some great ideas. All of these ideas listed bellow generate tons of SEO traffic. Creating a blog, informational or directory website for any of these topics could just be your next great idea.
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