Is your website slow? Why do websites load slowly even with a fast internet connection?
Do other websites load way faster that yours and your racking your brain to find a solution? Let’s dive into this topic and figure out the answer.
Why Do Websites Load Slowly Even with Fast Internet?
Poor website design and coding, along with large media files are the usual culprits for long loading times. Third party plugins and even server hosting can also play a role in why your website is slow.
The are many variables that can result in a slow website. Let’s examine website design, server performance, and large images and media files as the main factors causing this and what you can do to speed up your site!
Understanding the Difference Between Internet Speed and Website Loading Times
Let’s face it, ultra fast internet is EVERYTHING. I still remember the days of dial up. Trust me, you don’t want to have to ever experience that.
But fast internet isn’t the only factor that determines how fast your website loads. When we talk about internet speed we’re talking about the rate at which data can be transmitted over the internet. It’s measured in megabits per second (Mbps), or even gigabits per second (Gbps). Whenever you’re choosing an internet provider, that’s the #1 factor they lead with.
Now, when we talk about a fast website we’re referring to the amount of time it takes for that website to fully load in your browser. If certain variables aren’t optimized correctly, you can absolutely have a website that loads at a snail’s pace even with a lightning fast internet connection.
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The Impact of Website Design on Loading Times
Building a website is actually a straightforward process. Fast, efficient websites aren’t difficult to create. However, when your website has poor design or isn’t responsive on mobile it will impact everything. Slow loading websites with poor design result in users having a poor user experience, minimal engagement, and let’s face it, they’re gonna bounce.
Here are some common ways bad design can affect loading times:
- Bad coding: Inefficient coding will make your website load very slow. This happens sometimes when you get really heavy with complex design features. Remember the K.I.S.S. principle (keep it simple, stupid!)
- Heavy graphics and media files: Huge files take a long time to load, bottom line. Remember, they have to be downloaded and rendered in the user’s browser before they show up on the screen. Too many large files, and your site’s going to suffer.
- The number of HTTP requests required: This one may be a bit on the technical side, but when a user visits your site, their browser makes multiple requests to the server to download all of the necessary files and content. If you have a large number of HTTP requests this means your website will take longer to load.
- Third-party plugins: Speaking of HTTP requests, too many plugins or plugins that aren’t playing well with others can create additional HTTP requests causing delays in your website loading.
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The Role of Server Performance in Website Loading Times
The server where your website is hosted also plays a role in how fast or slow your website loads. If the server is overloaded it will increase website loading times. It’s important to choose a hosting provider that has a solid, proven track record. I build and host all my websites at Wealthy Affiliate.
Remember that too many plugins can also overload a server with requests which will impact your website’s loading time. (K.I.S.S. principle!)
If your website is hosted on servers located far away from its users this can create slow loading times. Using a content delivery network (CDN) can reduce that distance and improve loading times.
The Impact of Media Files on Website Loading Times
I think the most common culprit in slow loading times for a website is large, unoptimized images and media files. It’s totally ok to have images on your website. In fact, well placed images add to the overall user experience of a website and can absolutely enhance it. But if they’re too large and uncompressed it’s gonna feel like your website is back in the world of dial-up.
If you use a ton of videos or audio files this can also slow down your website. Use efficient audio codecs and compress audio files if possible. For video, there’s really no need to upload video files to your media library. YouTube is a GREAT way to embed video on your site without slowing it down.
And you don’t even need to ask for permission to use a YouTube video!
How to Diagnose and Fix Slow Website Loading Times
Thankfully, there are some simple and straightforward steps to diagnosing and then speeding up your site!
- Use website speed testing tools: Speed testing websites are free and easy to use! Check out Google Page Speed Insights and test your website’s speed now!
- Take a look at your website design: Are you going too nuts with dynamic features and complex design? Keep it simple. Remember, simple can still be elegant.
- Optimize media files: There are several great image compression plugins online. When images are compressed they are quicker to load and they don’t lose their quality.
- Minimize third party content: Are you using social media feeds or advertising networks on your site? These can slow it down. Also don’t go nuts with too many plugins! They are great, but be efficient and don’t be redundant with them.
- Use website caching: Website caching stores your website’s content on the user’s device or in the user’s browser cache. This means fewer requests needed to load your website and improved loading times!
- Use efficient coding: If you don’t really know code, you should probably stay away from it. There are several websites and services online that can minify inefficient coding, but again, if you don’t know what you’re doing you might just consider hiring a pro over at Fiverr to take a look.
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Having a slow website isn’t the end of the world when you know how to identify and remedy the problem. Keep things sleek, simple, and efficient, and you’ll create the best user experience possible with visitors coming back for more.
What problems have you had in the past with website speed? What were the main culprits? Do you have a solution you’d like to add to my list on how to have a faster running website?
Let me know what you think in the comments below! I’d love to hear your feedback and input and I always respond!
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