As the world’s internet speeds get faster and faster, the patience of the people goes lower and lower. Things nowadays have to be made with speed in mind.
Gone are the days where people are more forgiving if your page takes time to load. If it does that now, people will not hesitate to go to another site that offers the same content as you have.
Optimizing your website for speed is something that business owners must think about when creating their page. So today, I am going to talk about some professional web design tips for a faster loading website.
Use Flash Sparingly
Have you ever been to a website and there is a video player that automatically loads up to play whatever content there is? That video player makes use of Flash and although it has its uses in web design, it is not truly optimized anymore.
You see, more and more people are ditching Flash because it is quite slow to load and some users are not using the latest versions of their internet browsers, which means that attackers can exploit this to their advantage.
If you absolutely have to use Flash, make it a point to use it sparingly.
Cleaning Up the House
By this, I mean that you clean up your code. HTML coding, much like any other programming, is quite complicated. There might be some lines of code that are redundant and really do not offer anything other than increased page loading times.
Take the time to look at your code and see if there is anything that you can omit or change so that your website will load much faster. Things like unneeded code and redundancies should be removed at all cost.
CSS is Here
Cascading Style Sheets are what most web designers use today to improve the design and aesthetics of their web pages.
It is modern and it is designed not only for attention-grabbing aesthetics but also speed in mind. So, be sure to switch to CSS now.
Optimize Your Images
Some web designers often neglect the sizes of the images they’re using. Little did they know that those can really affect page loading speeds.
You have to optimize your images in a way that it has a small size but that does not compromise its quality. I really cannot give an exact number because all websites are different, but a good rule of thumb would be using a resolution that is not below 600p and not beyond 1080p.
Instead of having your images load up as one accesses your web pages, create thumbnails for it instead. Using these will help cut loading time in half and people will just look at the images that they like in the first place. It also helps remove clutter as well.
Lessen the Use of External Contents
If you are linking a website, a video, or a couple of images from different external sources, then you have to cut it down. Any form of content that is not from within your site will increase the number of requests a browser has to make just to meet the demand.
So, as much as possible, stick to the contents that are within your website as this will cut the page loading time to a significant degree.