The Need for Speed


I like SEO (search engine optimization) because there’s always something to tweak or improve. My latest quest has been to improve the overall speed of my sites and my clients’ sites. To do this, I’ve started using two tools:

  1. Pingdom This is a web app that monitors your site(s) and gives you reports on uptime and latency, among other things. I use it to see when my site is fastest and slowest, and to get some idea of what the site’s response times are around the world.
  2. YSlow An outrageously fun (geeky fun) Firefox plugin that will grade your site in various categories, and its companion website will help explain what you need to do in order to start speeding things up.
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