When delivering an app to customers or end users, it is incredibly important to ensure it has a great user experience. User experience is one of the most important things for your app. Without offering a solid user experience, many people will be unlikely to continue using your app. Instead, they will likely go to a competitor who offers a better experience.
One of the biggest influencers of a user’s experience on your app is actually load times. Stats show that a large majority of consumers may leave an app in an app takes a few extra seconds to load. Because of this potentially huge impact on the viability of your app or business, it is important to reduce your app load times.
But how do you do that? Well, if that is a question you’re asking yourself, you’re in the right place. This blog post is going to look at a few of the best and most effective ways to reduce how long it takes your app to load.
Monitor and Manage Your Logs
You likely put a lot of time, money and effort into your app. As a result, you want to make sure it is performing as expected. While you can wait for the inevitable feedback from users about performance, why not be able to track and monitor it yourself?
In addition to being able to quickly identify and fix problems, monitoring and managing your logs will help you truly understand why your app is loading slowly, and allow you to rectify it. Many issues such as overloaded servers or other errors can lead to slow load times, and monitoring will always ensure you know what’s causing your issues.
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Use Some Sort of Load Balancer
As we just mentioned, overloaded servers and spikes in traffic can often lead to load time issues. As a result, it is important to lessen the load on your server to keep load times quick. One of the best ways to do this is to use some sort of load balancer. A good option in many cases is a CDN (content delivery network).
Instead of relying on a single server like many apps and sites, a CDN will spread your traffic requests out over a network of servers. This means that even when dealing with heavy traffic, your site will still load and perform as expected. Many large companies and apps use CDNs to ensure their app is always responsive.
Optimize and Compress Site Content
Of course, the actual content of your app can play a role in how quickly it loads. If your app is full of ads, videos, photos, and other media, it should be no surprise that it loads slowly. While this doesn’t mean you need to delete all of this dynamic content from your app, you just need to be a little more creative with it.
You should be sure to compress the data of this content. You should be using compression standards such as JPEG, MP3 and MPEG4 if you aren’t already. By optimizing these images and videos, your site will be able to load much quicker. There are many online tools out there that can help with image compression or scaling.
In conclusion, hopefully, this article has been able to help you learn helpful ways to reduce the load time of your apps.