Here at SOLTECH, we’re often asked how a web application can be updated, including faster load times for each page. It’s a great question as users want to access the content without having to wait. Thus, what are the best ways for faster loading web pages? The answer isn’t focused on one thing specifically – it’s a combination of the content you use along with server-side rendering.
This is opposite than client-side rendering, where the initial content is loaded in sections as the browser requests the data from the server multiple times.
Images and Content
While hero images may be on trend right now in terms of website design, they also take more time to load. If you’re looking to optimize the speed of your web page, take into consideration the size of images. If you’re only going to show a thumbnail image, ensure the image is resized to scale. Otherwise, the small thumbnail could take just as long to load as a full sized image. Not sure what type of file to save the image as?
- GIF is great for images with few colors – think logos.
- JPEG is ideal for images with lots of colors and details like photographs.
- PNG is the choice when you need high-quality images but can also be transparent.
Animations and videos can also create longer loading times, so consider this when adding these types of content to your page.
Caching and Servers
Another way to create a faster loading web page is to cache your commonly used data or statically cache your web pages. By doing this, it decreases the number of requests sent to the server, thus giving you faster loading web pages.
Ultimately, the fewer requests the browser sends to the server, the increase in loading time. An optimal user experience means a seamless transition from the server to the browser, thus giving the user the content of the web page instantly.