SEO-Site Speed and the ridiculous Internet Exploder

SEO, Speed, and the ridiculous Internet Exploder


Google now puts a heavier premium on speed. I suspect it cared before but now with Instant, speed is a major factor. As a Pittsburgh SEO company and web design firm, we are always looking for ways to boost rankings for our clients. To increase speed, we’ve already covered the need for a strong web host in a previous post so now it’s time for the browsers to step up to the plate. When the browsers support innovative and less cumbersome markup, the speed rises and resource usage falls.


CSS3 (cascading style sheets v.3) offer an even more diverse set of styling selectors to speed the crawl and load times of your site. CSS3 also allows for graphic manipulation and generation without the images. http://www.css3.info/ is an awesome site for testing css3 selector compatibilities for your browser and we thought we’d share our findings with you.


Microsoft has been ignorant to the user for long enough now. (Never mind the developers.) The weak link has always been IE. IE9 is now a Beta release and has been for some time. A complete rewrite and standards compliance are the only things that will sell me.


Because the everyday user gets this prepackaged and spoon fed to them and because of the enormous war chest M$ have acquired peddling this crap (Vista, IE…)  we will have to live with IE inadequacies for some time I fear. Microsoft doesn’t force users to update their browsers and it should. This would eliminate the need to provide backward compatibility to all the old non compliant browser versions of IE out there.


On to the statistics:



Results from FireFox 3.6.10

CSS3 Info screenshot for the selectors test


From the 41 selectors 41 have passed, 0 are buggy and 0 are unsupported (Passed 574 out of 574 tests)


Results from Google Chrome 6.0.472.63


From the 41 selectors 41 have passed, 0 are buggy and 0 are unsupported (Passed 574 out of 574 tests)


Results from IE8


From the 41 selectors 20 have passed, 1 are buggy and 20 are unsupported (Passed 345 out of 574 tests)


Results from IE9 beta

From the 41 selectors 41 have passed, 0 are buggy and 0 are unsupported (Passed 574 out of 574 tests)

 

Results from IE9

From the 41 selectors 41 have passed, 0 are buggy and 0 are unsupported (Passed 574 out of 574 tests)


I haven’t even bothered to test IE7 and I think you can see why from the results of IE8.


This is very promising from an SEO and web developers standpoint. IE9 seems to pass all of the CSS3 selector tests. If it finally gets on board with the W3C standards for rendering you’ll hear a collective sigh from all the developers who toil to produce workarounds and patches for IE. Rendering has always been an issue with IE.

****UPDATE****

As seen above IE9 passes all tests with its official release. Microsoft must have finally felt the pinch of losing so much of it's browser users to Firefox, Opera, and the others. better late than never. No data on the rendering issues that previously existed and drove developers batty for years and I think this is good news. I did a Google search on "IE9 rendering issues and got old posts so I think this issue is fixed.


I'll leave you with a quote from a friend. "Microsoft is an ad agency that just happens to push software." I wonder how many billable hours have been spent fixing something that should have been right all along?


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