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Avoid Slow Load Times

Tuesday, November 18, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
Websites are like a design smorgasbord – you can add almost any bell or whistle or image or file to your Web page that you want.   But while you can do more and do it better, you'd be wise to remember that, technologically speaking, not everyone's on the same page.  Some homes and businesses have super high-speed connections, some are still on dialup.  To serve the most the best way possible, try to meet in the middle – particularly with your load times.
Yes, we know.  It's a miracle we can send email across the globe at a moment's notice, but is it too much to ask that it go just a "little bit faster?"  The same could be asked by your site visitors when they try to access your site, and it takes "way too long."  How much is too long?  The old model was about eight seconds.  Think "shorter time frame" now.  If you've got about four or five seconds to convey your message once the visitor reaches the site, you sure don't want to use up much of that valuable time in loading the page.
Limiting your graphics is the best way to decrease load time.  But if you're system is too fast to test it adequately, why not find someone you know who's still on dialup, and see how the website experience goes when the pace slows?


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