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  1. theurbanspotter
    Member

    Hi there,

    since a couple of weeks, my page is loading a lot slower.
    How can I resolve this issue?

    Any advice is appreciated.

    Thanks

    The blog I need help with is theurbanspotter.com.

  2. Hi there. First, please make sure you are running the latest version of a modern browser listed at http://browsehappy.com/

    Then, please read the following article to make sure you aren't experiencing any browser issues:

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/browser-issues/

  3. theurbanspotter
    Member

    Hi there.

    Thank you for your reply! It turns out that my safari browser was making it so slow. I still don't know why, but I switched to google chrome browser which solved the problem!

    Thanks again
    Daniel

  4. Your website is faster loading than 55% of all tested websites.
    http://tools.pingdom.com/fpt/#!/dICT7Z/http://theurbanspotter.com/

    That can surely be reduced and I would not be satisfied with that myself at all as not ever visitor will be using the same browser.

    Create some text in the posts. Search engines love text. Text includes keywords and all you have there is images without any context. Tags are not required for SEO purposes. Search spiders look for the same keywords in the text and and some search engines like Bing use Tags only for spam detection purposes.

    These are the ways to reduce page loading time:
    1. Edit posts and insert "the more tag" so only excerpts appear on the fort page. http://en.support.wordpress.com/splitting-content/more-tag/

    2. Reduce the number of posts appearing on the front page here > Settings > Reading
    Blog pages show at most _ posts

    3. Reduce the number of images and or media embeds displayed and/or make them smaller.

    4. Reduce the number of widgets in the sidebar and footer areas.

  5. @tt,
    I'm curious if you know: does filling in the "description" field on images make a predominately photo blog more searchable? Not every one wants to have a lot of text? Or is this a silly question?

  6. No it doesn't and also note that including an image title is not a good idea. Bottom line: it's the ALT attribute that's critical.

  7. Just curious. The description field does appear when carousel is used and I've been using that on my active blogs to good effect, but I also do use the alt attribute so then I can assume that's why some of my pics show well in image searches.

    For work, image searches are often the fastest way to find info. Do you know what the differences are for rank between image searches and web searches? or are those not distinct/separated?

    Sorry, I guess this is off the topic of this thread…

  8. Do you know what the differences are for rank between image searches and web searches?

    Sorry but I don't know.

  9. The reasoning behind dropping the title attribute is outlined here: http://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/18984

    Basically, we're trying to improve accessibility and play nicely with screen readers.

    There is one more fix coming that will improve the alt-caption-title fallback when sending to the editor so that those who invested in title and left caption and alt blank will have their titles show in the alt attribute. http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/new-media-upgrade-has-major-flaws-wordpress-support-please?replies=26#post-1081764

    Notes:
    US Federal Laws For Web Accessibility and Images - All images on commercial or government websites are required by law to feature alternative descriptions within their HTML image tag. Alternate text (ALT) attribute is for situations when an image cannot be loaded and also assists visually impaired people who use apps (screen readers) to read ALT attribute, so what’s in a picture is known. In WordPress, this is set in the ALT Text of the Attachment Details.

  10. Interesting. I had seen that link in the forums before. For me, the alt field has always made a lot of sense. For one reason, back when we had a very slow modem connection the alt description would appear even if the image did not. Thank you.

  11. You're welcome, Tess. Hope you have a great day. :)

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