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How to Tweak Web Pages to Stop Freezing Up

by Cristina PunoUpdated September 28, 2017

An easily accessible Web page that's fast to load is an asset to any business -- especially online businesses that rely on frequent site visitors to boost their revenue. When maintaining sites, you always want to avoid having pages that freeze up, as this will cost the site visits and lower the page's popularity. To tweak your website, one of the most important things to consider is improving page speed; you can do this by making use of online tools that are available to help you optimize your site.

Assess Your Page Speed

Download the Page Speed add-on for Firefox (see "Resources" below) and install it. You will need to have a previous installation of Firebug to run this tool; if you do not have Firebug installed, download and install it from GetFirebug.com.

Open Firefox. Enter the URL of the Web page that you wish to analyze in the address bar.

Click on "Tools" and select "Firebug." Choose "Open Firebug."

Click on the "Page Speed" tab in the window that appears at the bottom of your screen.

Click on the "Analyze Performance" button in your Firebug window.

Review the results of the analysis and make changes to your website as recommended.

Monitor Errors and Malware Using Google Webmaster Tools

Go to the Google Webmasters site (see "Resources" below), sign up for the service and log in.

Click on the "Add a site" button and enter the website that you wish to monitor.

Verify the ownership of your website.

Wait for Google to crawl your site for analysis. Once it has done so, click on the "Diagnostics" tab to discover and correct any errors or remove malware that is causing the site to freeze up.

Minimize the Number of Embedded Components

Examine your Web page to find out how many embedded components -- such as Flash videos or Java applets -- it has. If there is more than two on the page, proceed to the next step.

Copy the Flash or Java applet component and paste it on a different page.

Delete the code for the component on your original page and post a link to the new page where the component is hosted. If the object is a video, you can replace it with a screenshot and link it up to the new page.

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