MyBlogLog Widget is SLOW!

By | 10/12/2008

I’ve been using MyBlogLog widget from Yahoo, from the beginning, and I was really happy with it at first. I used to find out who visited my site and if they’ve had a blog or website, it helped me to find and visit it easily.

Now that Gibni is expanding and I get more and more visitors per day, I am worried about the speed and loading times, so I am trying to make pages load faster and faster.

I’ve been using caching techniques, CSS sprites and other optimization techniques some developed by myself and some mostly inspired from AskApache ; and managed to get the best possible loading speed.

Today, I feel it’s going to be the last day for MyBlogLog widget on Gibni. And within the next 12 hours, it will be removed. The main issue with this widget is that it makes many requests to Yahoo servers and this keeps client’s browser connections busy, so it slows the page and the user has to wait for this widget to be ready to have all the site’s functionalities.

If you are using this widget on your site, it might be slowing it down too. Visitors usually don’t like to wait more than few seconds for a website to appear and be fully functional. This will affect your site’s impressions.

This widget has a quite heavy javascript file, and uses a lot of separate image files.

On the other hand , it”s a good tool to build a “website/blog community”. At last, all depends on what matters the most to you?

0 thoughts on “MyBlogLog Widget is SLOW!

  1. AskApache

    I’m right there with you man.. One of my hobbies is disassembling “widgits” such as the alexa rank widget, yahoo inbound link-counter widget, and digg count widget, etc., and create the same effect using all locally hosted stuff, or removing all scripts, using local server-side programming, etc.. Check out the footer on my site..

    It’d be nice to have a mybloglog widget thats optimized, I stopped using it!

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