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Quick Guide: Possible Solutions to Reduce Loading Time of Websites

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In current times of Web 3.0 and 4G, speed defines performance and experience. It is also true about websites claiming to render results and serve the user in a split second. A website must have intuitive interface for external appeal. But it becomes useless if the user is annoyed with slow loading and sluggish performance. Read on to know what affects the loading of websites and its possible solutions:

Loading time is the time that all the information of a website takes to download to a user’s device. Two things primarily affect the loading time of a website: one is the file size and the other is internet connection. A little can be done about the internet connection speed, which depends on your Internet service provider, but what you can do a lot about to decrease the loading time is the file size of your website.

Browsers process and render the files of websites after the files are downloaded. The processing time depends on both browser and the programming code behind a website. The way the code is written primarily affects the processing and rendering of websites by browsers. The fact is that what you can control is the code of your website, not browsers of user devices. It can improve the loading time a lot.

Loading speed is one of the metrics to evaluate the performance of a website. Even if a slow website performs as a fast website does, it is psychologically felt that slow websites are not performing well. Some tricks can be put into application to make slow websites a little faster in loading and a little better in performance.

CSS coding of a website needs more attention to improve the loading time. Some websites have more CSS coding than HTML or JavaScript. It is evident that CSS affects the total file size more than other coding. If CSS coding is optimized, the file size will be optimized leading to improved loading time. How fast a website performs on user devices including laptop, tablet and smartphone, does also depend on CSS coding of the website. The software of a user device renders a website or its desired page. A website may load fast but may perform or run slowly on user devices. CSS has direct impact on how fast user devices render websites or web pages. CSS is the first thing to begin with when it comes to optimizing a website for better performance. The bigger a website is, the more CSS coding is there.

Additional CSS in the stylesheet does not make any difference except making the file size bigger. It happens if the old CSS is not deleted after some content is removed from a webpage. The unused, idle CSS in the stylesheet affects the loading time. It may also affect the development speed and process by making the reading of the stylesheet difficult that in turn leads to slow loading. It is because the browser has to look through the unused CSS as well while opening a website or a webpage.

The old CSS in the stylesheet can manually be reviewed or deleted. Or some automated tool can be used to detect and delete useless CSS coding. However, random deletion of things is not advised.

I shall come up with more articles on website loading speed and its importance, so, keep in touch.

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