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The first impression of a websites is often a lingering one. It is vital for both the website designers as well as the business owners to be aware of this fact. At times there may be an issue with the design being hard figure out straight away. This is usually to do with the navigation. Other times it could that the functionality is not quite there yet. However it is also possible that you have got everything right but the website performance is not up to the mark.
This is often to do with the loading time of the website. If a website takes too long to load it is likely to create a bad impression on the visitors especially those visiting for the first time.
Hence the obvious questions that might pop up are:
That is exactly what this article is about. This articles goes on to explain what does the browser pre-loader do and how to optimize images for web as well.
The visitors these days usually have a fast internet connection so it is you may be mistaken into thinking that there is nothing like a slow loading website anymore. But that is absolutely wrong. Though the internet connection speeds are higher than before, the loading time of a website is still cause of concern and should be kept tabs on.
This is even more true this year (2015) as we expect the number of mobile internet users to exceed those using the internet from other platforms.
Here a few statistics collected that explain quite a lot:
So if you though that just because you have spent a fortune on building a website it is going to be popular overnight, then think again. The visitors these days have a low tolerance when it comes to the loading times of a website and will certainly not tolerate a slow loading website. Besides which even Google will penalize a slow loading website when it comes to listing the search results.
There are several tools around that can tells us what exactly is the loading time of your website. But that is not all, these tools are quite good at what they do, since they can even detect which are the sections taking long to load and provide a list of corrections or changes. This is only a recommendation made by the website which you can use to make the suitable changes. A few of such tools are listed here:
Preloading is a technique that some of the browsers use to improve the performance of a website page. The browsers already work pretty hard to make sure that a page load up in the least amount of time. In addition to which there is also a browser preloading feature which is often called look-ahead or speculative parser.
A pre-loader has the ability to improve the rendering of the page. In fact a study by Google Chrome showed that preloading improved the loading time by about 20 per cent.
The browser starts to parse the HTML when the HTML page is loaded. At the same time it start the process of building the DOM. The DOM (Document Object Model) is an application programming interface (API) for HTML documents. It is used to define the logical structures of documents and the method in which the document is referenced and manipulated.
While parsing the HTML the browser it will discover several other resources like the style sheets, scripts and images as well as any other elements that is required to completely load the page. Once found it will download them.
The major factor that slows down the loading of a page is the retrieving of resources over the network. In fact while the script is being executed the DOM activity comes to a completed stop and it pauses construction of the page. Neither is the browser able to discover any remaining resources to be downloaded to complete the page. As a matter of fact even the network connection is almost idle. Hence there is most certainly a possibility to epitomize the process in some way.
The modern browsers make use of browser per-loaders to help speed up the process of loading a page. The technique used by the per-loader is described here. In fact if you study this in detail, as a designer you may be able to design the HTML in a way that optimise’s the process of the per-loader and the normal browser process, resulting in even faster loading times.
The deal with images is that you cannot do without them. You can have all text you require and that too really smashing text, but it still cannot replace an image.
An image is more effective that any amount of text any day. But including images has the following issues in general:
Hence reducing size of images can go a long way in improving the performance of a website.
There are several ways in which you can optimize the image for a web page as listed here:
The job of a web designer is not easy since they usually base their design choices on what is current, the client’s preferences and what is relevant according to the theme of the website.
Alakmalak is web development company that has witnessed several trends changes in website design.
The designers are thus not only experienced but also well aware of current trends and requirements. Thus it is not surprising that they crossed the magical figure of having developed 2000 websites a long time ago. Besides which those clients which happen to be from all across the globe really appreciate the design and development work and continue to remain our clients
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