The movie Fast Five just recently hit the theaters, and it’s one of the most successful films of the franchise.
Why am I talking about a Vin Diesel movie? You’ll find out soon enough.
Speed is the name of the game. Even on the internet, internet users and website visitors want to get things done quickly, and the only way to do that is if websites load quickly and fast. As a web designer, it’s important for you to learn to develop fast loading websites. If you’re developing websites for your own use, a website that loads fast means increased traffic and productivity. If you’re a developer for a client, then they’d definitely favor your services over other web designers who’s websites load slower than molasses could walk.
Here are some tips on how to optimize your websites to load faster:
Minimal use of Flash, graphics
Flash effects and graphics are nice, but they slow down your websites to a crawl, especially for people on dial-up or slower internet connections. If you can, try to minimize the amount of graphics on your website. It’s the content that matters anyway, unless it’s a photography website.
Optimize your HTML code
Broken links and unwanted tags bog down websites that are otherwise efficient and fast. As a web designer, it’s your job to make sure your codes are written efficiently and working the way they should. Maintain your websites at least once a month to make sure there are no broken links in any of the pages.
Use simpler designs
Don’t believe what your 60-year-old computer science professor tells you – if something is simpler, the better, and the same is true for web design. The fastest loading websites stick to designs that are simple and efficient, usually a white background. Look at Facebook, Yahoo, Google, etc. With less effects on the monitor, the less stuff there is to load on the screen, and the content is easier on the eyes.