The Google websearch team just announced that they will now consider the speed it takes for a website to load when ranking it in Google search results on google.com.
”Site speed is just one of over 200 signals Google uses to determine search ranking, and because it’s a new signal, it doesn’t carry as much weight as the relevance of a page. In fact, less than 1% of all search queries on google.com are affected by the site speed signal”.
This factor may not play a major role now, but in future web consider this factor is going to have a great impact on web search results as it seems, so now it’s the time for all the webmasters our their to start thinking about their site page speed.
Google indicates the page performance in webmasters.google.com and recommends the open-source Firefox/Firebug Add-on Page Speed. Webmasters and web developers can use Page Speed to evaluate the performance of their web pages and to get suggestions on how to improve them.
Page Speed performs several tests on a site’s web server configuration and front-end code. These tests are based on a set of best practices known to enhance web page performance. Webmasters who run Page Speed on their pages get a set of scores for each page, as well as helpful suggestions on how to improve its performance.
14 rules for faster-loading web sites are described on the companion website of Steve Souders. These rules hev been tested on some of the most popular sites on the Internet and have successfully reduced the response times of those pages by 25-50%.
CacheViewer 0.6, developed by benki, is a GUI front-end of “about:cache”, an add-on for the Firefox browser.
This plugin allows searching and sorting memory and disk cache files. A very useful tool, I installed it today.
To clear the cache, select Clear Recent History… from the Tools menu in the Firefox browser, select the desired range from the Time range to clear drop-down menu (to clear your entire cache, select Everything), choose what history elements to clear from Details and click clear now.