Slow Page Load Times: Causes and Remedies
February 8, 2014 marketing_wqq40vb8 0
There are several reasons for a slow loading webpage. Although running a website speed test can be a starting point to see how well your server is working, you’ll still need to investigate more thoroughly. Listed below are some reasons for slow loading occurring on a webpage and remedies to help fix that.
A common cause for slow website loading is images that are not optimized. Images on a website that are not cropped or are put on a website in full-size can cause slow loading. If there are a great amount of uncropped and full-sized photos this can decrease fast website performance. Crop and optimize your images to avoid slow loading websites.
Servers Dependent On Dynamic Scripts
Another common cause for slow website loading is websites that generate information that comes from a database. Data from a database tends to be much slower in performance compared to a HTML website server. This may not be a huge concern on low-traffic sites, but if your site gets a lot of traffic that can really have a negative impact on your visitor experience. To avoid dynamic scripts from slowing down the loading process try caching. Caching allows data storage and easier access to files. This will increase the loading speed of a website rather than slow it down.
Having flash on a website can be very appealing and a great tool for enhancing animation. However, having too much flash can be another reason why a website page is slowly loading. To avoid having a website load slowly because of too much flash optimize the size of your flash files before uploading. If it is possible have external storage for your data.
Bulky or Complex Code
External media is another common cause for slow loading website pages. External media that is put onto a webpage will only load as fast as its source. If the website that the external media comes from is having a slow day loading then the media used on the webpage will load slowly. In order to avoid external media being a cause for a slow loading webpage try to have media that is hosted from your own server.
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Here’s a great video from Steve Souders, one of the most notable web performance gurus talking about the future of performance, and where’ it’s headed.
A nice infographic from Strange Loop Networks (strangeloopnetworks.com) showing how impatient users can be when it comes to web performance.