Loading your website fast is a must. Normally your website visitors don’t have the patience to stick with your website and wait for it to load completely. Your website may have the perfect look, but if your site takes too long to load, the visitor will click “Stop” or “Back” and leave your web site forever. There are lots of alternative websites to choose from anyway.
For visitors to make a good impression of your site, the time it takes to load your site is as critical as your overall website design. Time after all is an essential element to everyone. Who would want delay when you can have prompt results with other websites?
What therefore, are the things to consider when creating and developing your website?
Firstly, just remember that not everyone has a T1, DSL or cable modem connection to the internet. Though they are getting to be in the minority, there are still some who are on dial-up connection. Thus, your web design has to make sure that your website loads as fast as possible.
Secondly, the bandwidth is an important factor. Therefore multimedia formats are critical to the loading time of your site. Sound files, especially .wav files requires some bandwidth in order to load. Videos can also be more demanding to loading a site. If it is unnecessary or if you have other alternatives to multimedia, then, do not use it. If ever it is very important to have them in your site, limit the size – that’s your last alternative.
Big images could also mean big loading problem. You can either limit your use of huge images or else reduce their size. In order to reduce them, use simple and smaller dimensions. You can do this by resizing or compressing your images without sacrificing the quality. There are several free sources on the internet that will show you how to do this easily.
Yahoo! Developer Network has outlined the best practices for speeding up your web site. It has identified 34 best practices divided into 7 categories for making web pages load fast. Some of these techniques can be implemented easily and it would be well for you to test your site and know how it fares when it comes to loading time.