Business 13 September 2020
The importance of having a website that's fast and responsive is essential in this day and age. Gone are the days of a dial-up connection that prohibits anything from loading quickly. Users online expect websites to load immediately and if anything is stopping that from happening, then it's time to leave and find another site that does. There are several different ways to speed up your website, some more complicated than others, but the basics are pretty simple. Here we take a look at some top tips to make your website more responsive.
Who's Your Host?
When it comes to hosting a website, you must choose somewhere local to where you are. For example, if you're in Canada then you should be looking for the best hosting Canada sites to ensure the speed is up to scratch. Hosting in other countries will slow you down and stop you from getting the best possible service. There are also companies with smaller servers, so large scale hosting companies that offer a service of domain names, hosting, email clients, and web support will be better equipped for all your needs.
Picture Size Matters
Loading times are important. One of the main things that will slow you down to a snail's pace is the size of the images you have on your website. Image quality is hugely important, anything blurry or pixelated is a crime that should never be committed. This means the high resolution is a must, but there is such a thing as too high. If your web page is covered in 4k images and the background is high quality then there is a lot to load. Most computer screens can't load these to their potential so there's no point in having them. In fact, most screen sizes won't have the capability of showing such a detailed picture.
Pictures loading slowly is bad news. Potential customers will want to see product images straight away, anything less isn't good enough. Change the resolution of your picture to fit the resolution of the screen and keep it at that. You don't need to go any higher.
Learn Caching Techniques
A website cache is a place for the temporary storage of web documents. These include web pages, images, and other forms of multimedia. Caching is known to dramatically improve the speed and performance of a website. This technique allows you to store the frequently used data on the website cache. Meaning when people log onto your website it will load much faster as it's already there. The data will be served from the cached memory.
Ads Aren't Always Good
You know the deal. You've gone onto a website before and it's taken an age to get to the information you're looking for because you've had to spend 5 minutes beating away popup ads from attacking you. You understand just how annoying this is. Well, it doesn't just increase stress levels, it increases loading time too.
If you own a website, make sure you haven't allowed every bit of space going to be filled with adverts. Use it wisely. Yes, you can make money but only if the traffic flow is strong. Low traffic won't get you much money.
Slow websites die a slow death. Don't allow yours to be one of them. Use these techniques to help boost your speed and allow larger traffic flow to pass through your site. If these haven't done enough then it's time to take a look at your coding. Excess code can slow websites down so cleaning up will help. Speed is key to online users.
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Help! My Friend Is a No Show
Dear Armchair Psychologist,
I have a friend who doesn't reply to my messages about meeting for dinner, etc. Although, last week I ran into her at a local restaurant of mine, it has always been awkward to be friends with her. Should I continue our friendship or discontinue it? We've been friends for a total four years and nothing has changed. I don't feel as comfortable with her as my other close friends, and I don't think I'll ever be able to reach that comfort zone in pure friendship.
Dear Sadsies,I am sorry to hear you've been neglected by your friend. You may already have the answer to your question, since you're evaluating the non-existing bond between yourself and your friend. However, I'll gladly affirm to you that a friendship that isn't reciprocated is not a good friendship.
I have had a similar situation with a friend whom I'd grown up with but who was also consistently a very negative person, a true Debby Downer. One day, I just had enough of her criticism and vitriol. I stopped making excuses for her and dumped her. It was a great decision and I haven't looked back. With that in mind, it could be possible that something has changed in your friend's life, but it's insignificant if she isn't responding to you. It's time to dump her and spend your energy where it's appreciated. Don't dwell on this friend. History is not enough to create a lasting bond, it only means just that—you and your friend have history—so let her be history!
- The Armchair Psychologist