Why do people leave your site?
One of the quickest ways to lose a potential customer is because your web site takes too long to open in their web browser. People get impatient within seconds of clicking on a link if they don’t see something happening. I must admit that I am guilty of it too.
Why does it take so long for some websites to open?
There can be any number of reasons. One of the most common I see is sites that have flash files, slide shows and images that are not optimized. The first time you go to a website it has to push everything on the page to your web browser. And that can take way to long the first time someone comes to your site. The next time they open your web site it should open faster because of caching. But as soon as they delete their browsing history your web page will load slowly again as if they have never been there before.
How do I speed up my website?
One way to speed up your website is to get rid of the animation and any flash files that you do not need. Sure they look good but they may slow down your web page load time just enough that people will leave before they can even see them. Want to see how long it takes for your web site page to load just like it does for a first time visitor? In Internet Explorer just clear your Temporary Internet files and website files and Cookies and website data under Tools and then Delete Browsing History.
Are there other ways of speeding up my web page?
Most images can be optimized to decrease their file size. The larger the image file size is the longer it will take to load it when someone goes to your site. It can take time to optimize images especially if their are quite a few of them like in a photo gallery. Remember website’s are usually quoted based on the amount of hours estimated to do the job times the hourly rate. Don’t expect the web developer with the cheapest quote to take the time to make sure all your images are optimized to load fast. In web design like everything else, you get what you pay for.
If your site is taking longer than a few seconds to load after your browser cache is cleared, then there may be an issue that needs to be looked into. Contact us for a free consultation and we will help you to diagnosis the problem. 208-412-1848 or http://webdesignofboise.com/contact/