January 13th, 2012 by Tommy McConnell


Get it?

It has happened to all of us. We are happily browsing the web, searching for the latest news, or the hottest restaurant, or the most fuel-efficient car, when suddenly the screen is moving as slow as a turtle stuck in a peanut butter pool. What’s the deal? Is it my computer or the website? Or maybe an angry internet god?

If other websites are working just fine, then it’s probably not your computer but the website that is the problem. Here are 5 reasons why this could be happening:

1.       Excessive site traffic.

Whenever a person visits a website, it requires some work from the server (the site’s hosting place). There are a number of files that are called upon when someone browses through a website. So, when a whole lot of people visit a website at once, the server can sometimes crash. This is common on websites with very popular videos and other media content. A bunch of people will try to view it at once and the server cannot handle it. If you think this may be why a website is running slowly, try visiting the website again in a few hours.

2.       Media is too numerous, or too large.

Yikes.

When there is an excessive number of graphics, videos and other media on the page, it can cause a website to load and perform slowly. Again, this is due to the site’s server  and how much it can handle. When the pages of a website contain too much, it may run slowly no matter how many people are on the site. Even there is just one person looking at it, the site will crawl if there are too many goodies.

Check out this seizure-inducing example.

Maybe there aren’t that many goodies, but the site is still crawling. This could mean the size of the content is too large. Images and videos can be sized down in appearance but still be very large in file size.

 3.       The website is Flash-happy.

‘Flash’ websites are those cool, interactive websites with fun animations integrated in their navigation. Although they look nice and are quite entertaining, these sites tend to run slowly due to their colossal-sized files. There are ways to make Flash sites load and run more quickly, but a standard HTML / CSS website will almost always be quicker.

A good (or bad) example of  Flash-happy is a site about one of our favorite science-fiction heroes.

 4.       Exhaustive scripts burdening the server.

A “script” contains lines of code that perform a specific function for a website. If a script asks too much of the server, it will cause the site to be slow. This can also happen whenever there are too many of these scripts for the server to manage promptly. There we go blaming the ol’ server again. Poor guy gets no respect.

5.       The host is dropping the ball.

You know how we keep blaming the server for everything? Usually if a server is dropping the ball, it’s time to make a switch to a server with more space and less limitations. Often times a website is hosted on a shared server (sharing a server with other websites) and needs to move to a dedicated server (one server, one website).

 

If you come across a slow website and feel like doing a good deed, look for a contact number and let the website owners know that their website is slow. Feel free to suggest that it may be one of the reasons we have mentioned here. But be aware, there’s a decent chance they will shower you with lots of hugs and candy.

 

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