Web 2 Point Slow - Slowcial CommunitiesPosted: Sat 08/11/2007 by ramiro
The Web is one of the fastest changing media, but one aspect seems to remain unchanged: the Web is slow. Back when I started using the Web in the mid 90ies I either accessed the Internet from a computer in the university or from home with a 14K modem. It was a nuisance to download a page with more than 50KB.
Today, I use a DSL2000 connection to access the Internet, which is theoretically 140 times faster, but it still takes long to download many pages.
YSlow analyzes any web page and generates a grade for each rule and an overall grade. If a page can be improved, YSlow lists the specific changes to be made.
Yesterday, I measured 20 Web 2.0 community websites, that are ranked among the Alexa global top 100 sites, with YSlow. To be included in the test the following conditions had to apply:
- The site is in English.
- The front page displays content without the need to be logged in.
- The site offers community functions such as a forum, sharing content, messaging or others for registered users.
I used Firefox 220.127.116.11 with the latest versions of Firebug and YSlow. The Firefox pop-up blocker was enabled and I was not logged in to any of the sites. I measured the speed of the start pages, the only exception was Youporn.com, where I needed to hit the enter button before content was displayed.
The following table displays the websites tested, their Alexa Rank from 10.08.2007, and the YSlow grade from the same date:
4 sites stand out: yahoo.com and craiglist.org with a grade higher than 90 as well as dailymotion.com and icq.com with a grade less than 50. The average grade is 65,75 (D) and the median is 65.
I also created the following chart to better visualize the measured data:
I also checked some popular blogs just for curiosity to see that the situation seems even worse in this sector. Maybe I will do a top 20 blogs test in the future. By the way, SEO Expert Blog has a grade of 75C and the fastest site I have measured so far is to no surprise Google.com with a grade of 99A.