Web Design and Development
With today’s high-speed internet connections and advances in web development techniques, there is no reason that your website should be slow. (Not sure if your website is slow? Click here for help on determining website speed.)
Here are 8 possible causes for slow-loading pages.
This is usually the most common reason for slow websites; there are lots of images, all of which are full-size and uncropped. For information on optimizing your images, see our article 6 Ways To Optimize An Image.
Believe it or not, your website could be slow through no fault of your own. So, be wary when choosing shared hosting packages.
Dynamic websites, such as those that generate their pages from data stored in databases, are slower than simple HTML websites. And while the slight delay is not often noticed on small, low-traffic websites, it is often noticeable as a website increases in size and popularity. To remedy this situation, we suggest caching. Caching enables you to store copies of frequently accessed dynamic documents and allows files to be accessed more quickly.
Another way to speed up your website is to compress your pages. See our article How To Compress Your Pages With GZIP And PHP for more information.
Flash is a great tool for adding interactivity or animation to a website. However, flash is also very bulky and causes websites to load slowly. So when creating your flash applications, be sure to be conscious of file size. One way to do this is by using XML to load sequences of external data.
Another common culprit is bulky code. The larger the file size of each document, the longer it will take to load. Some ways to make your filesizes smaller is by:
Ever wondered why many MySpace pages load very slowly? Well, this is a good example of why using external media is often a bad idea. If you add external videos, slideshows, etc… to your website, your website will be only as fast as the external website. So if some external website is having a slow day, so will yours. If possible, try to host all content on your own server.
Last, but not least, excessive spam could be slowing your website down. If you suspect this is the case, try spam proofing all web forms by adding captchas or other deterrents. If email spam is the problem, install and configure a spam blocker.