1. Bad website hosting
Believe it or not, you could have the cleanest, sharpest and most optimised website out there - but it could still load really slowly. So why would your website run slowly if you're doing everything right? If you've checked everything your end, then you may need to have a look at who is hosting your website. If your website host isn't giving you the best possible options to run your website, then have a serious think about what you're going to do going forward - it could be effecting how many customers stay on your website.
Every website on Venture is hosted by our datacenter redundant, cloud based hosting infrastructure. Your website lives in two data center locations to provide superior uptime, response time, and reliability compared to most any other hosting. How is this possible? On a traditional web host, your website shares disk space and CPU power with dozens or sometimes hundreds of other customers on a single server. If one of those other customer’s websites has a big traffic spike, all websites on that server can slow to a crawl.
With Venture, your website is served across the entire server infrastructure that powers millions of websites and page views per day. If your website is featured on the homepage of CNN.com, it won’t cause as much as a hiccup in the performance of your website, or the other websites hosted by Venture Website Design. Best of all, this level of world-class hosting is included completely free when your website is built with a Venture DYI website.
2. External embedded files
Lots of people embed videos on their websites used from different sources - can this slow your website down? Well, yes and no - it kind of depends. Let's look at the internet as an example. In very basic terms, the internet is a huge web with different websites connecting to search engines like Google. When you then embed a video from another source, like MySpace, it will have a direct consequence of what happens on your website. So put simply, because your website is linked to MySpace, if MySpace is having a slow day, then this will cause a ripple effect onto your website and make your website have a lazy day too!
This is why we'd suggest, if you're going to embed videos on your site, try using videos from websites that can handle a huge amount of traffic and decent hosting. This way, the videos that you are hosting can stay as a great informational tool - and not something that is going to act as a lead weight!
3. Large file sizes
When you upload content to your website, make sure what you're loading up isn't going slow things up for your website visitors - there's nothing more frustrating for someone waiting an age for a website to load... remember he days of dial-up modems and the way the content used to slowly appear on your monitor piece by piece? With super fast broadband from loads of different providers, we want to see those days long gone.
However, something as simple as a couple of large pictures on a website page can have a huge affect on how your web page loads. A great tip is to keep images optimised and not too large - especially for mobile and PDA users who are trying to access your site as the connection speed on mobile networks won't be as high as a laptop or tower running off your high-speed broadband.
4. Flash built websites
Flash websites are very popular with people who are new to building websites and want a platform which the user can add a lot of interactivity to their website. You’ll often notice that Flash websites have a lot of animated features with funky intro pages or navigation - these are websites designed in Flash. When you see something moving across the screen or animated in any way, the website will have probably been designed with Macromedia (now Adobe) Flash.
Although animated websites are great looking and have a range of funky tools for the website user to play around with, Flash websites can take an awfully long time to load - especially if your potential customer is using an older computer to view your website on. Animated files used within Flash websites also take up a large amount of space which will not only slow your website down, but the way Flash websites are created, Search Engines like; Google, Bing, Yahoo and Alta Vista will have trouble reading your website compared to a site built with HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language).
Venture websites are built with HTML and CSS - but can also accommodate Flash giving you the best of both worlds!