Website Priority: Loading Speed

By Dave

For many websites, the loading speed can be absolutely horrible, you go to them, and leave them before the graphics are fully loaded. Some developers don’t really care, and many broadband users care even less, but I personally like fast loading websites. Much of Google’s early “geek” appeal was its simple interface and quick load times.

Another developer that seems to really care about load times is Ahmed of iBegin. His site, currently made for Toronto, Ontario Canada, has recently worked on ways to improve loading times through using CSS and cutting down on the amount of code needed to keep everything looking the same.

So we went back to the drawing board, and the design was re-sliced and the JS re-done. The net savings were roughly 1.7kb. The HTML was shrunk by roughly 1kb, the JS by 1kb, but the CSS grew 300 bytes.

I had a friend of mine do some pageload testing from Ottawa (the servers are in Toronto). The time to load went from an average of 0.560 seconds to 0.485 seconds. That comes out to roughly 15% faster.

This kind of development really makes me envious as finding these small adjustments that make things even faster, can be difficult, and time consuming. I tip my hat to him, as it takes much longer to make things work well, than just work.

If you saved 15% loading on all the sites you visited, wouldn’t you be a happier web browser?

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