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Page load time
how long is too long?

 4:34 pm on Jun 22, 2004 (gmt 0)


How long is too long for a page to load for googlebot?

I want to make sure google can follow and pick up all my internal links but im worried the pages may be too slow to load. If so i can make a quick map page or 6.

Does googlebot it have a timeout value?



 9:08 pm on Jun 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

Does this mean that human visitors will find your pages annoyingly slow to load too?
I'm afraid I vote with my mouse when I come across a sluggish site - I'm not going to hang around.

Rather than just sound negative, let me suggest two things...
If your ISP is slow, consider hosting it elsewhere.

If your HTML is bloated, consider CSS from an external file to improve your signal to noise ratio in the code....



 9:24 pm on Jun 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

My Aim is to make it as fast as possible, I know why its slow and im improving that now. Its down to alot of database processing to get final results for printing.

Anyone know when googlebot will give up? Its about 4 seconds between click and screen showing up at moment.


 9:54 am on Jun 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

Its about 4 seconds between click and screen showing up at moment

My experience is that 4 seconds shouldn't be a problem.


 9:59 am on Jun 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

4 Seconds of load time should actually be considered very good. However the question is, 4 Seconds for whom? I mean I am on a 3mbps connection and it is taking 4 seconds on my computer, then I would say it is very very very bad, but if someone with 56kbs (actual about ~ 40kbs) connection and it takes them 4 seconds, then it is realy great.

Just remember, because you are on a high-speed internet connection, that does not mean all are, and vice-versa.

Hope this helps.



 10:08 am on Jun 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

Hmmm good point, does anyone know where i can simulate 56k modem speeds on pages?



 11:24 am on Jun 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

If you've got DW its in the options you can set to calculate your dowmload times on various connection rates ..No doubt its also in fp somewhere ..Or you can work it out...the math isn't complicated..


 11:43 am on Jun 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

alexa [alexa.com] gives interesting insights into average page load times, measured by their toolbar.

their description of my site reads:
Speed: Average (58% of sites are slower), Avg Load Time: 1.4 Seconds

my site is quite well-coded (excessive use of css, no tables) on a very mainstream US provider, so it hasn't reasons to be slow.

and it isn't, 1.4 seconds should be quite quick. however, 40% of the net still loads quicker than my site!

and that's the point: speed perception is highly subjective and depends on an average user experience, thus on the entire net.

[edit]i'm really sorry - i just realized that was completely offtopic.. i've just read the subject, not the text, before posting. disculpenme senores.[/edit]


 2:53 pm on Jun 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

How long is too long for a page to load for googlebot?

As long as your server takes to time out I'd have thought?


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