Why is a Website Taking So Long to Load?

You may have heard the old phrase “slow and steady wins the race,” but when it relates to your site’s speed, it is a ticket to disaster.
You can have a number of reasons why your website is taking too long to load. We’ve compiled a list of the most common causes of slow website speed.
What’s causing your website to be slow?
To improve your website’s performance, you need to know how well it is currently doing. In this section, we’ll look at some of the most prevalent causes of slow websites.


Unoptimized Pictures
The most typical cause of a slow website is an abundance of unoptimized photos. In order to load a high-quality picture, a lot of bandwidth is needed. A slow-loading website can be caused by overly large photos that have been uploaded and then down-scaled. It doesn’t matter what kind of CMS or website builder you’re using.

Unsatisfactory Server Location
Connection times for long-distance calls are often longer than those for local calls because the data needed to make the connection must travel a larger distance. When it relates to a website, things are not going to change.
If an user from the United States visits a web-page utilizing a server, the browser ping must go halfway around the globe, request the appropriate information, then go halfway back to the user’s device. It should come as no surprise that the website will function more slowly as this distance increases.

Improper web hosting
You’ll have to get a hosting provider if you want to put your website online. A web host is comparable to an empty piece of land in the real estate market as it is the area where you construct your website.
The web host provides your site to users from their server when they enter your site’s URL into a search engine. There are better and worse web hosting providers. Choosing a less expensive hosting service can result in you losing valuable clients due to of slow page loading.
Click here to read our article “Guideline for choosing the best web host service”.

Plenty of of elements on a page
In 2015, the typical size of a page was 2 megabytes. In 2016, that number grew to 2.3MB. And it’s expected to reach 3MB in 2022 at the latest. However, what are those MBs holding?
Page size is affected by the amount of elements you have on a web-page. This includes graphics and scripts as well as HTML and style-sheets.
Having extra elements on your web-page slows down the loading time of the page, which can lead to a slow website performance.


Too Much Flash Content
Flash is a terrific tool for bringing interaction to your website, but it is quite probable that it is slowing down your page loading time.. The larger the file size of your Flash material, the slower your websites will load.
Flash can dramatically slow down your website load time, therefore it’s best to reduce or remove it completely. Instead of using Flash, you can look at HTML5 options if you want to make your website load quicker.


Too much traffic
A website server can only handle requests from a particular number of users at any specific level. If there is too much traffic, the server will crash. The page will take longer to load if that amount is exceeded. The more people that visit a website, the slower it becomes. When there are more people visiting a website, the web server company may need to dedicate more resources to making the site work properly. However, the current services will inevitably fall short and cause page load times to be excessively long without an improvement.


Improper caching techniques
Caching is a way through which the browser saves frequently used information in its cached memory. As a result, the browser doesn’t have to re-load all of the data when the user visits the website again. Faster data collection reduces the time it takes for a page to load. When a website does not use caching, it must re-enter all of its data each time it is accessed. This is a waste of time and will negatively impact the user experience.


Too many ads
Ads, like photos, videos, and information, take up too much space on your site and can slow it down. Your site’s load time may suffer if you enable third-party ads.
Page load times are slowed by advertisements, which are also annoying to site visitors. Ultimately, visitors can not leave your website due to slow page load times, but rather due to unwanted ads.