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Why do some websites take forever to load?

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We have all experienced it at one time or another. You log-in to a website, and it seems to be taking longer than usual to load the page. You wait 3 seconds, 5 seconds and then finally 10 seconds and the page is done loading.  However, did you know that in 1996, many websites took up to 30 seconds to fully load?  For those who were born after the after 96, this is would be harder to believe, but people using the internet back in its early days didn’t complain. In fact, they thought it was the greatest invention of all time. Today, we have become use to having high-speed internet everywhere, on our phones, or at home, we feel the need to be connected at all times.

Consequently, the internet has been upgraded from a luxury to a necessity in these last 20 years. Today, if a website takes too long to load, the user usually ends up leaving – as some queries can directly correlate with workplace productivity. According to study conducted by Google engineers, if a website takes more than 400 milliseconds to load, it’s considered slow by the user.  This is because, people are constantly searching on the internet, and they are looking for quick answers.

According to a kissmetrics study:

  • If a website takes longer than 3 seconds, the user will most likely abandon it.
  • Nearly 47 percent of user will expect a webpage to load in less than 2 seconds.
  • 74 percent of smartphone users complained that they encountered websites which were too slow.

So, why do some websites load slower than others? For once, it could be due to the fact that the website in question might be loaded with heavy graphics – requiring more bandwidth for loading a particular page.  Web pages containing auto-loading videos and animations make the loading process even worse. Other hidden issues could be caused by an outdated or badly coded JavaScript.

What else could be the problem? Sometimes websites with a lot of content may not function on an underpowered server, thus most of the time; a simple server upgrade can significantly increase loading speeds.  However, sometimes the bandwidth speed at the user end could be responsible for slow loading times.

Now that you know what slows down a website, you’ll naturally develop more patience, because there are several factors that affect how fast a website loads. So, the next time you encounter a slow website, think about the JavaScript loading in the background. In the future, JavaScript blockers will be widely adapted by developers which will speed up loading times.  For now, developers need to focus on streamlining their code so that users on their websites don’t have to wait unnecessarily.

About Mohammad Irfan Ali

Mohammad Irfan Ali
Mohammad Irfan is the Lead Content Strategist at NewSoftwares. His main interest is in web related threats, phishing scams and social networking hoaxes. He is the admin of Talk Security and regulates the publication of all blogposts.

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