Kirk is a local technical entrepreneur and manager, specializing in designing and deploying highly-scalable web applications. He puts a large focus on optimizing a site’s inner workings in order to increase speed and performance for the end user. Kirk is a Computer Science graduate of Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering.
“The website looks great, but it takes so long to load!”
After passing through the design, development, re-design, re-development, and deployment phases, this is one of the last things you want to hear about the website you’ve worked so hard to complete. Unfortunately, it’s a common complaint. Often spurred by one’s impatience, it still cannot be ignored. Let’s face it, Internet users are impatient, so if your website is taking too long to load, the user is likely to click Back and try another site!
There are countless things that can, and frankly should be done, especially for larger, more popular sites, to speed up and improve a user’s experience. This short list is one I recommend every web developer follow before setting a site loose to the wild. It will catch the most common speed issues normally encountered and will make a surprising difference to you and the user. They can all be easily done by anyone that has access to the website’s content, including the web designer.