Responsive web designs are a great delight to view be it any platform but it is noted that such websites are quite slow because they have to load the same HTML elements for all devices. This means even if the site is not viewed on a certain device it will still load the files making it slower and hated by the visitors to give a higher bounce rate. To fix such bounce rate issues pertaining to slow loading time go through the following tips that will help in building a great performing and great looking responsive website –
Adopt a grid layout
Your website should be strictly based on a grid system that will make it easier to resize, scale and accordingly change the size of content on your website. It also helps in aligning the content and keeping it organized no matter what device it is viewed on. This way the design also speeds up since all the elements will follow the grid system always.
Image optimization per Device
Remove the m-dot Redirection
Google itself has recommended that to speed up the website and support the website’s ranking through SEO, all the responsive websites that are in different sizes should come from a single domain as 2 URLs will be treated as 2 different website from its viewpoint. A single URL across all the devices can help in reducing the cost of web browser redirection too from mobile to desktop and vice versa.
Restrict HTTP Requests
The old way of reducing the HTTP requests is a great performance enhancement technique. But with the responsive designs carrying a lot of rich media the network overhead for every single HTTP request really adds up to a lot. This is why it is better to use CSS sprites for mobiles instead of data URLs to restrict the amount of image requests. Modern browsers don’t render till the CSS is downloaded which is why you should keep the CSS file at the top in your document. If your site is small to medium-sized you should have the CSS in a single file along with generous caching rules.
Reduce the number of redirects
If there is a redirect it generates additional HTTP requests and increase the load time that is why limit them. Use a HTTP redirect to send the user with mobile user agents towards a URL which is equivalent to the mobile interface without any intermediate redirects. Include the <link rel=”alternate”> markup in the desktop pages to easily identify the mobile equivalent URL so that Googlebot can easily find the mobile webpage.
You can speed up the site by omitting the elements not needed by the device the site is being viewed upon. The aim is to restrict and limit the load time without loading maps, images, widgets, etc. which are not necessary while keeping a check on each stage for an optimum performance. Also utilize all the advantages of restricted loading to remove the elements not needed to be downloaded and focus on the ones which do not need immediate attention to speed up the process.
These above points are very easy to incorporate in your site and can really help you to ensure a faster loading time for responsive websites and provide a great user experience for which such websites have surfaced in the first place.
I am Ramya Raju a freelance web design writer with 8 yrs of extensive blogging experience on a variety of online publishing and social-media platforms. I’m also an extrovert with a passion for photography, anthropology and travelling to different countries to learn the culture and living of the local inhabitants.
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