Time and web design

Have you considered, how many different times are added, until the user fulfills his goals? Here is a short review.

Time to resolve the DNS

Domain adresses are each time mapped to physical IP adresses once a user tries to load a website. Usually this time is negligible, but it could take longer, the longer the distance between the server and the client is.

Time to serve a user page request

It depends on the server configuration, where the site is uploaded and the weight of the particular page. Usually measured in milliseconds, but sometimes a couple of seconds are possible, depending on the complexity of the content. This time is flexible, depending on the server and network load.

Browser page rendering time

Time for the user to scan the content

Time for the user to decide what he wants to do

He may hesitate, which link or button to click on first. Deciding upon priorities slow his down and his subjective feeling of the speed of the page. An indication of where a particular link goes can help him.

Time for the user to interact with a particular content

This can be time to enter registration information, time to point with a mouse on an object and click on it, time to locate the scrollbar and drag it, time to learn how to use input devices to play a browser game etc. This times are also flexible and depend on the user experience. Advanced users accomplish these tasks quicker.

Time to read a long text


As you can see, there are many different times which could affect user interaction with a web page. At the end, they are all added. Having a better understanding for them, allows us to take appropriate decisions to minimize them.