Blogging and microblogging has become increasingly popular particularly with the growing use of social media websites like Twitter and Facebook. A fast Internet connection can significantly improve your blogging experience making it easier to churn out postings on a regular basis.
Good blogging requires keeping up with the latest news, conducting online research, writing and publishing blog posts, and responding to comments or making comments on other blogs. All of this Internet activity can become burdensome if your Internet connection speeds are slow.
Fortunately, there are some steps that you can take to speed up data transmission rates.
Fast Internet service
The first thing, of course, is to make sure you are using a high speed Internet provider when you go online. In addition to home and office broadband, you can now access high speed 3G and 4G mobile broadband services for blogging while on the go.
To ensure that you are getting the advertised speed from your Internet service provider, you should run an Internet speed test using one of many available free software applications. The Internet speed test can help you determine the quality of service that you are getting from your provider. Do not hesitate to switch providers until you are able to find a company that delivers what it promises.
If you are connecting using mobile devices, remember that speeds are faster in urban areas where a large number of WiFi hotspots are found. Some WiFi connections can offer rates at up to 1 gigabit per second. However, the speeds will be much slower when you must rely on the mobile signal for your Internet connection.
Fine tuning your computer
A poor performing desktop or laptop can really slow things down including the rate at which you can surf the Internet. No matter how fast your connection is, it will not matter much if your computer is bogged down and not able to process data at a comparable speed.
Generally if you have use of broadband, you should have a powerful processor and sufficient memory to handle the job. There are measures you can take to make sure that the computer is running at top speeds. Defragmenting your disks cleans up the filing system so that your computer can more quickly access data.
You can also remove old, unused files and programs as these take up space and also slow down the file system. Dump all your temporary files including the browser cache on a regular basis. Run a virus scan regularly to ensure that you no malicious software is slowing down your computer.
In addition, check to ensure that you do not have more than one firewall running at a time. They basically do the same thing and running more than one does not provide extra security, but it does slow down performance.
Not all web browsers run at the same speed. You might want to experiment with different browsers to see which one performs the best on your computer. Google Chrome is rated as the fastest browser on the market with speeds well ahead of any competitors.
Old computers and modems can also slow down your Internet experience. As computers age, they fall behind in speed and other capabilities necessary for them to handle new software and connection rates. Check the processing speeds and RAM memory of new computers and compare them to your computer’s capabilities. You should be able to tell if your system is simply lagging too far behind the newest technology. Modems and routers should also be checked for proper functioning especially if they are more than a few years old.
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