When marketing your cosmetic surgery practice on the Internet, you want to ensure that your website performs at its very best. One key factor in any website’s success is the load time. Fast loading sites have a much greater chance for success while slow loading sites are nearly always destined for failure.
The amount of time that it takes for your site to load is one of the first things that influences your visitors’ impression of you and your site. Visitors will simply leave your site if it takes too long to load. A quick load time alone may not guarantee your site’s success. Your site must also incorporate other elements such as a pleasing design, easy navigation and valuable content. But without a quick load time, your pleasing design, easy navigation and valuable content won’t be enough. You can check how long it takes for your pages to load for visitors with different connections at the following website: http://www.websiteoptimization.com/services/analyze/ . Remember, not everyone uses DSL and cable modems.
There are several factors that can help to ensure a quick load time for your cosmetic surgery website. Images, animations and other graphics are one of the most common design elements that can bog down a site. Images and graphics can certainly add to your site’s design, but they must be used wisely. Large sized files should be avoided and images should be optimized to take up less space and download faster. Your cosmetic surgery website should include before-and-after pictures of your previous patients, but all of these images can cause loading dilemmas. It’s best to have a separate page for before-and-after photos, and it should be appropriately titled so that visitors can anticipate slower load times if necessary. Further, thumbnails can be used for pictures with links that visitors can click on to open up a larger image in a separate page.
Your main page should not include sounds or videos as these tend to take the most time to load. Instead, they should be limited to your interior pages, and should also be appropriately titled and kept as small as possible. Increased load times can also result from large amounts of HTML code and, though less frequently, large amounts of text. Again, try to avoid these on your main page.