Avoid Slow Loading Intuit Homestead Website Pages
When I first began using the Intuit/Homestead Sitebuilder for fabricating web pages, I didn’t understand what causes pages to load slowly. I would fill the pages of my hobby site with numerous special features that the program offers not realizing that these fancy functions were creating slow loading pages.
Do you stay on a site when the web page takes forever to load? I very rarely do. We only have a few brief seconds to capture our visitor’s attention. This is why you should apply the suggestions I am about to offer.
Now, since I have been developing sites for a while, I know where the hang-ups occur and how to get around having sluggish loading pages when designing with the Intuit website program.
Google is beginning to use the speed in which a web page loads as one of their determining factors as to where your website will be placed in the search engine results pages. By following the guide below you should be able to avoid having slow loading web pages with your Intuit/Homestead website.
Here is a guide that will help you increase the speed in which a page opens.
1) Keep away from adding scrolling text, spinning, bouncing & flashy things to your Homestead website. These special features will really affect the load time of your web page.
2) The Sitebuilder’s video element hinders the loading time of your website page. If you want to add a YouTube video that should be fine, but loading your own video into your file manger and using the Sitebuilder video player will cause your page to open extremely slow.
3) The use of the insert audio element must be reserved to a minimum per page. These players seem to take forever to synchronize and be ready to play.
4) Photo shows or photos which are not optimized appropriately will cause the pages to load leisurely.
5) The rounded corners on the colored backgrounds (rectangle element) will intensify the file sizes of the pages; use these design features sparingly.
6) Oversized rectangle feature (color block) areas or too many decorated backgrounds will affect your pages load time.
7) Animated moving characters will always cause your Intuit web page to open extra slow.
8) The over use of text boxes connected to submit buttons for forms will make your Intuit/Homestead pages load slower.
9) Lots of links on one page will cause the page to be heavy and in return they won’t open quickly.
10) Adding several HTML box inserts, from sites like Google AdSense for advertisements, can affect the loading time of the web page. The type of display that the HTML code renders affects page loading time as well.
11) Form elements such as text boxes, submit buttons and drop down menus will add extra mass to your pages and slow them down.
If your Intuit/Homestead website page loads slowly, start removing some of these items that we have listed above. By implementing a process of elimination, you should be able to reduce the size of your page so it will be quicker when it is loading.
I have read that a good rule to follow is to keep the Kbs size to less than 35Kbs. The Kbs size of a page can be determined by looking in your file manager. Once you have published the page you are working on, go into the file manager and right next to the title of the page the Kbs size will be displayed. The size of the page is not reflected when you alter it and just preview the changes, you must publish the page and then look.
Google is starting to use loading speed of web pages as a factor that will affect where your website is placed in the search engine results pages. If you have Sitebuilder pages that are slow loading with your Intuit/Homestead website, this may affect where you will be placed in the search results when someone is looking for your Homestead website by doing a Google search. The best rule of thumb to use is to keep your Intuit web designs simple, less is always best.
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