I’ve written before about Safari’s strange slowdowns that I’ve experienced across several Macs.
Put simply, I get the following two issues — and these might be unique to the fact I live in the UK, I don’t know, because I don’t see a lot of people reporting similar:
- Typing a search term into the search field at the top of the Safari window (aka the omnibar) sometimes means a five second wait with a blank screen while … well, something is going on, but the search results take irritatingly long to appear.
- Vising Facebook is slow, slow, slow and often the page doesn’t even load correctly, because its style sheet doesn’t load properly.
Anyway, I think (fingers crossed) I found a decent solution.
For the Google problem, simply download and install the PopSearch extension. Once installed, open Safari’s Preferences dialog box and click the Extensions icon, click PopSearch, and put a check in the Click To Open PopSearch Settings. Then ensure Google is selected in the Default Search Engine field around halfway down the list of preferences.
Why does this seem to work? Well, PopSearch is designed to let you customise searches by providing your own search URLs. It has one of these for Google, and this seems to bypass however Safari ordinarily passes its queries to Google — a method that is insanely slow sometimes.
As for Facebook, I haven’t found an ideal solution but I now use App For Facebook, which is a very simple menubar app that accesses the mobile version of Facebook. This is simply faster than the desktop site. Indeed, you can try accessing the mobile version of the site from Safari directly — http://m.facebook.com — but it looks a little ugly that way.