[thelist] maximum page load for users leave?

Chris W. Parker cparker at swatgear.com
Wed Dec 4 13:54:00 CST 2002

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Timothy J. Luoma [mailto:luomat at peak.org]
> Sent: Wednesday, December 04, 2002 11:40 AM
> To: thelist at lists.evolt.org
> Subject: Re: [thelist] maximum page load for users leave?

> >> I've always worked to the 'under 8secs' rule but I'd really
> >> like to see some propter research/stats on this....
> >
> > i think some people (jakob nielsen may be one) say even 1
> second is too
> > long. 8 seconds seems to me to be a really generous wait time.

> If your site seems to have the information I want, then I'll
> spend more
> time there. If it doesn't, I'll leave.

i agree, as do most people i'm sure. but i think as a rule of thumb the
quicker the better.

i mean, even if you are willing to spend more time waiting for a page to
load does that really mean you should actually be subjected to a slow
loading page? well no, i don't think it does. i'm almost to the point of
being obsessed with small pages, i hate slow loading pages so i try to
make any pages that i work on as small as possible.

> Oh, and have I mentioned that I surf with images turned OFF?
> The one way
> to get me to leave for sure is if I have to turn on images to
> view your
> site.  Or enable Flash.  It's not about bandwidth (I'm on
> DSL/cable most of
> the time) it's about good design.

that's weird! i've never tried that before, but maybe i should because
you have a good point.

> wondering where in the world can you find a site (that you
> would want to
> read) that responds in 1 second

i know you are just being facetious, but jakobs opens pretty fast, and
so does google.

as for me, i hate wait times, so i prefer to make my pages small.


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