I’ve recently moved my web hosting account to a VPS from DigitalOcean, and one of the reasons for doing so was very obvious – to improve my blogs speed, and not because of the huge demand it’s starting to receive, but also because it makes the user experience much more seamless, and better. It allows me to sustain a good readership, without having to worry about people leaving because the website is slow.
The web is expanding at a rapid rate, quicker than it ever has and there are no real signs of it stopping any time soon, thanks to the fact that the internet is becoming more widely accepted and available to both children and adults. You can look at it from any perspective you like, but if your site is slow – the given user experiencing a slow site will simply move on and find another source.
This makes us rethink our strategies, and it makes us think about the website elements we’re using. It’s very easy to overlook certain part of your webpage, and end-up serving huge files to the wrong people. It should be noted that not everyone is able to afford high speed internet connections, and so things like image optimization – lazy image loading – are crucial.
That of course is just an observation, and in order to really optimize our websites, platforms and web applications we must look much deeper. I wrote a post on user interface design principles, and I think it really goes together well with this infographic, because they both highlight the importance of not displaying the wrong information at the wrong time.