The focus on Webpage load speeds is becoming more of a topic in Search Engine Optimization (SEO) circles. It is certainly logical that load-speed is a Search Engine ranking factor as slow loading Websites encourage people to access alternate Websites. Imagine if the Google Search Engine Results Pages (SERPS) were very slow to load and the Bing SERPs were extremely fast; Google wouldn’t last long. Google announced a few months ago how speed is now a minor ranking factor and I for one support this move.
Page-load Speed is Inaccurate
Of course, ranking for speed does have it’s complexities as the location of the Webserver in relation to the visitor becomes a major factor (the greater distance will probably result in slower load speeds) as well as if hotlinking of images is used on the Webpage and so on. There is still work to be done before load speed can become a significant ranking factor however it’s good that Webmasters optimize their sites for speed as much as possible.
WordPress Speed Performance
WordPress.com is Slow
Are you using WordPress.com for your Blog? Be aware that the average Page load time for WordPress.com (as ranked by Alexa) is ‘Slow’ and 68% of Sites are faster. As a comparison, Blogger.com is rated as ‘Average’ with 51% of Sites being faster.
WordPress is the best CRM software available (and it’s GPL/Free). Use it but ensure that you make it run as fast as possible.