A website can be delayed for many reasons, and the main is the web hosting. However, the most important and the ones that appear most often are the following.
1. Website Hosting
The most common problem faced by today’s websites as when choosing a hosting provider we usually look first at the cheaper results which provide a shared hosting package which however does not guarantee good speeds and usually results in a slow server response. Another reason that the server may not respond properly is because the server may not be optimized for the applications to be run (WordPress, Joomla, Opencart etc).
A proper hosting package should thus provide fast loading of the website, proper and immediate support on server-side issues as well as optimization for the specific application to be used. The issue of scaling is also very important, ie your package can be upgraded easily and quickly if your page traffic increases.
2. Image Size & Dimensions
We all know the expression “A picture equals a thousand words”.The size of the images plays a very big role in the speed of your website, so you better pay special attention to it. By size I mean the Kilobytes or Megabytes (better not get there of course) of each image. So the images must be uploaded to the website in the ideal size so as not to spoil the result that the user sees.
Most of the time, the images we upload to our website contain “junk” bytes, making it slower and slower. Also, the images that must be uploaded to the website must always be in the dimension we need them. For example, if we need an image of 800×600 pixels, then we need to upload such an image and not an image of 1600×1200 pixels. Because it automatically means that we are uploading twice as much image as we need, so more data, therefore a slower website.
3. Bandwidth Thieves
A typical example is the plugins of a CMS (WordPress, Joomla etc). Many of them you may find useful for your page, but their code is so burdensome that it may be better to rethink their usefulness. Another example is the CMS templates as some of them are not optimized enough in terms of speed. Also, bandwidth thieves can be considered the ads we have on our website to earn revenue as they significantly burden the size of our page.
4. No or incorrect use of tools to speed up the page
We are referring to tools that will help you shrink your page in size, keep photos in faster accessible memory (commonly known as cache) to not load every time from the beginning or even select the nearest server to display your website from the nearest geographical distance. These tools may several times not be set up properly on your host server or may not be used at all due to an omission.
But the truth is that they play a huge role as they can make a huge difference in the loading speed of your website. The time it takes for your website to load and be seen by the user is one of the most important factors for its success and increase your sales, whether we are talking about an eshop or a service company.
5. Bulky and Messy Code
Inefficient and / or bulky code is the enemy of any website, and in most cases it is difficult to manage. For example, many developers use spaces in the CSS code to make it more read-friendly, but in the end they cause a slight delay in the whole web page.
Condensing / shrinking the code can lead to a noticeable improvement in speed. If you have a good knowledge of Web Development, take a look at the CSS files for unnecessary spaces and line breaks.
6. Excessive Flash Use
In fact, using Flash can greatly slow down your website. Indian web developers describe Flash as “The Sumo of the Internet” – large, bulky and displaces responsiveness on mobile phones.
So do not sacrifice the speed of your website for a few more effects, which few smartphone users will have access to.
So why is it so slow to load a website?
And when we say one of the most important factors, we mean first of all the users who visit your page (we have all closed pages that take a long time to load, going straight to the next Google results) but of course also for Google and your position in search results. In fact, the two are usually interlinked as the bad user experience brings more bounces (users who come in and out) which shows Google that the page is not good enough to show it to users. A website can be delayed for many reasons.