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  • Do You Consider Website Speed in the Early Stages of the Design?

    I'm curious how many designers think about page speed when initially designing a website. Or is this just something you would leave up to the developer, or the development phase of a website build if developing yourself?

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    I've been designing and coding websites since the early '90s. Back then, speed concerns and minimal file sizes were crucial because people were still using slow dial-up modems. Every image would be squeezed down as far as possible to ensure the fastest download. Even the code itself would be optimized for speedy transfer.

    Things have changed since then, and I no longer insist on every page and its images weighing in below 50 kB, but I see far too many designers not being at all concerned with download speed and file sizes. We all routinely run into needlessly bloated web pages of several megabytes..

    As for speed and file size being taken into consideration from the beginning, of course a designer should do that. Any design project should be thought through all the way to completion -- even when the actual coding will be done by someone other than the designer. No one should expect others to clean up one's messes that could have been avoided by better and more conscientious planning.
    Last edited by B; 11-03-2017, 06:20 PM. Reason: Fixed sloppy writing

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    • #3
      I agree completely. I can't believe it when I see images on sites weighing in between 1-3MB each.

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        • #5
          Iím for smaller filesizes as well. Something else to consider is how your site will have an impact on the cost of data for mobile phone users.

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          • #6
            Definitely! You don't want to overload your design. Best thing to do is create an initial design and then ask for web developers opinion to see if there is any red flags so you know not to incorporate this into your final design. Hope this helps!

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            • #7
              I think size is still a concern for 3g mobile devices or those with a limited data plan. So it still is a consideration. A really slow loading site could affect SEO and viewers who are impatient may leave the site before it is fully loaded. I think when designing to take in consideration your target audience and what you are trying to express on your site.

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