With the plethora of web designers and web developers who have varying degrees of skill, it seems inevitable that issues will occur within the websites that some of them have created.
In this article, we discuss three common website problems.
Among the most commonly seen issues with websites is “code bloat”. Code bloat is that is code that is unnecessary (unused) or excessive which can slow down the website’s performance, typically referred to as page speed. Simply put, page speed is the time it takes for content on a web page to load.
Thus, when a web page has too much unnecessary, unused code or inefficiently written code, it increases the size of the web page that needs to load, thereby slowing down page speed performance, unnecessarily.
Web Pages Load Too Slowly
If your website pages take too long to load (poor page speed), then it is likely due to a number of problems, one of which, as previously discussed, is code bloat.
However, there are other issues that can cause your website pages to load slowly.
One such reason could be a busy web hosting server, particularly if your website is on a “shared” hosting environment. Or perhaps your website has too many large (uncompressed and improperly sized) images.
Another potential cause of slow page speed can be the use of too many plugins (on a WordPress website).
Additionally, use of chat widgets, tracking codes (Google Analytics), Google maps, Image Sliders, embedded YouTube videos and external online form builders can also contribute to slowing down your web page speed.
No SSL Certificate
You might be surprised to learn that there are still websites which do not utilize an SSL Certificate to secure (via encryption) the connection between a visitor’s browser and the website’s server. Having an SSL certificate in place lets your visitors know that your website is more secure. You can tell when a website utilizes SSL when the web address in your browser reads “https:” rather than just “http:”. Google also wants all websites to have SSL.
If you have questions about common issues that might be affecting your website, contact our Scottsdale, Arizona based Web Design Company, call the web design professionals of Prominent Web Design at 480-306-4260.