Six Tips for a High-Performance Mobile Site

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Ensuring a speedy and efficient mobile experience is one of the most important factors in mobile development. Since mobile websites with long load times can be a determining factor between a positive and negative customer interaction, businesses need to ensure that their mobile site is not a data hog.

If the mobile site has to download over one megabyte of data to view the home page upon loading, it’s likely that the page will take five to 10 seconds to load. The maximum time for a mobile web page to load should be two to three seconds. This can be achieved by:

  • Reducing images sizes
  • Reducing JavaScript use by instead using minimized versions of JavaScript or simply reducing the percentage of total JavaScript weight
  • Reducing CSS
  • Keeping the total weight of mobile pages below 200-300 kb

It’s no secret that smartphones are overwhelmingly the most popular and fastest growing mobile access point to the Internet today. Just recently we learned that by the end of this year, mobile devices will outnumber the amount of people on earth, and by 2017, there will be over 10 billion mobile-connected devices. So how does this influence how you should approach your mobile site?

Here are six tips, from Roland Campbell, director of solution engineering at Usablenet, for creating a mobile site focused on speed and ease of use.

 

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