What causes a slow page load?

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What causes a slow pay load? Is it the number of different widgets? How much text in each one? How much information is on each page? The size of each page? More photos? All of the Above? Anything else? There's been times when a site would take a longer than usual time to load I would end up closing the site and going elsewhere... I don't want my visitors doing the same thing... After all, with 8 billion plus people on the planet, can't afford to lose one visitor. Your advice on speeding up page loads would be appreciated.
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user connections has a lot to do with things and general network speeds.

What you can do to help is have as little amount of bytes as possible, banners, images and videos can contain alot of data, so the smaller the file(s) on the page, the quicker it will load.

In Yola image reszing not resacling is an important thing to think about to improve your page load times.

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Hi Donald

The most important thing to look at is the size of your images. Try to keep these as close to 20KB each as you can. Of course the more you have on the page the slower it will load. Watch for putting too many widgets on a page. Text is usually not a problem for loading, but a lot of text on a page makes your page hard to read and could also cause your visitors to leave.

Other issues that are out of your control are the performance of our servers and the speed of your visitor's connection. We are always working on improving the performance of our published sites, and if you take care of everything you can from your side you give your visitors the best chance of a good experience on your site.
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If you're creating a background for your page consider a tiled motif rather than a single image. The small tiles you can usually get down to less than 3 kb. The load time is nothing.

A full single image is hard to get down below 200kb if you're wanting to have any definition/resolution. Full images can look wonderful but you really do pay the price in speed.