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Warning: Slow Load March 27, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Blogging, Humor.
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I unsubscribed from several blogs this week because they l~o~a~d  s~o  s~l~o~w  that my computer gets distracted and drifts off to do something else.

Leaving me hanging . . .
Like a chad . . .
Twiddling my thumbs . . .

Waiting . . .

Still waiting . . .
Still waiting . . .

In each case, the bouncer at the front  door would NOT let me leave without signing the guest registry . . . even though my computer was FROZEN in cyber space and unable to respond to commands.

My only recourse?  Sneak out the back door by closing my browser.

I’m not up to speed on all the things that slow down the speed of websites opening their drawbridges to allow visitors to cross over the cyber moat but one of the prime offenders is . . . over-sized red suspenders.

Attribution: WyrdLight.com

Or any other photograph that is larger than needed for web viewing.

Before uploading graphics to your post, cut them down to size.  Resizing won’t hurt them.

But it will make your cyber castle more accessible to peasants.

Like me.

Aah . . . that’s better!

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1. suzicate - March 27, 2012

Pictures usually load fine for me, but the thing that slows my computer down are the sights with music…and those sometimes annoy me anyway. Even if I like the content, I usually won’t subscribe if it plays music upon loading.

nrhatch - March 27, 2012

I unsubscribed from one of those too . . . nice idea in theory, but a real time waster for repeat visitors who want to “lock and load” rather than sit down for a cup of coffee.

2. Paula - March 27, 2012

This pic you are showing where was it taken? Could it be Malta?

nrhatch - March 27, 2012

No idea. But if you click on the “drawbridge” link . . . Wikipedia will tell you. 😀

nrhatch - March 27, 2012

I checked . . . it’s the drawbridge at the fort of Ponta da Bandeira; Lagos, Portugal

Paula - March 27, 2012

🙂 Thank you dear 🙂

3. klrs09 - March 27, 2012

Good advice nicely put!

nrhatch - March 27, 2012

Thanks, klrs. It amazes me when I see the SIZE of photos that people load . . . their e-mail announcements are 7 times as large as they need to be.

It’s like looking at Abe Lincoln’s nose (on Mt. Rushmore) from 2 inches away. It’s GINORMOUS.

4. Arlee Bird - March 27, 2012

Which browser do you use? Not that I know much about this sort of thing, but when I switched to Chrome I found sites loading much more quickly than they had previously.

Lee
The Dog Lived (and So Did I)
Wrote By Rote
An A to Z Co-host blog

nrhatch - March 27, 2012

Thanks, Arlee, but it’s not a problem with my browser . . . 99% of the blogs and websites I follow load in an instant.

On a few sites, it’s like trying to storm the cyber castle to get in. I’ve decided to abandon the quest.

5. Carl D'Agostino - March 27, 2012

google chrome the best
wordpress has been whack last 2 weeks
have you ran all updates your browser?
free version cc cleaner good too for smoother running

nrhatch - March 27, 2012

The problem is not with my browser or with WP . . . 99% of the blogs I follow open in an instant.

6. BrainRants - March 27, 2012

You didn’t click it correctly. *snicker*

nrhatch - March 27, 2012

Maybe I forgot the secret cyber password . . . Open Poppyseed!

7. jannatwrites - March 27, 2012

I landed on a slow site last night. I used to be able to read the whole post via email, but now it only shows a few lines and I had to go to the site to read it. I tried several times and all I got was a black screen. Then IE locked up completely and I had to restart my PC 😦

Did you tell the site owners about the slow load? If it were me, I’d hope readers would mention such issues to me so I could fix it…

nrhatch - March 27, 2012

I have mentioned the problem to a few bloggers.

Last night, I just unsubscribed to the problematic blogs ~ I did NOT want to spend another 15 minutes trying to get in past the castle gates to leave a comment for them.

If they comment on this post, I’ll tell them why I unsubscribed.
If they don’t . . . I won’t.

8. Richard W Scott - March 27, 2012

I agree with Janna. Sometimes slow loads are a function of the hosting service rather than anything the blogger has done. But, if the blogger is at fault, letting them know would be useful.

nrhatch - March 27, 2012

Hence, the writing of this post ~ a shout out to bloggers far and wide that too many pixels spoils the cyber broth. 😀

9. Three Well Beings - March 27, 2012

This is helpful, Nancy. There are so many offered bells and whistles and sometimes it’s tempting to try them all…just because we can, or the challenge of a new learning curve. But if they in fact get in the way, that’s not helpful at all. Well said. Debra

nrhatch - March 27, 2012

In general, you can have as many words on a page as you want and it won’t slow down the works . . . but as soon as you start adding OVER-SIZED graphics and photos in posts or on the side bar, some visitors are going to get stuck in cyber sludge.

And that’s no FUN.

10. Maggie - March 27, 2012

Reminds me of the days of MySpace when people would load their page up with all these images and graphics and music so the pages would take ages to load. I’d just lose patience and go elsewhere.

nrhatch - March 27, 2012

That’s it exactly, Maggie. Some of the photos that people have posted are KING KONG sized behemoths. Just Massive.

When you add in awards, doohinkeys, and hooziewhats posted on their side bars. . . the loading is slow going . . . and peasants like me lose patience.

11. Sandra Bell Kirchman - March 27, 2012

Oh, I hope my site is not one of the offenders. I am very fond of graphics and use a fair number of them in my blog posts. I guess maybe I’ll slow down a bit with the images. I didn’t think of slowing people down.

nrhatch - March 27, 2012

Sandra, I just checked your blog and the pages loaded and re-loaded with no problems or hang ups noted . . . even with the BIG photos on your last 2 posts.

I’ll read your post later ~ I’m about to head out and enjoy the sunshine . . . to recharge my batteries for spreading sunshine. 😎

12. Perfecting Motherhood - March 27, 2012

Someone needs a faster computer…. Just kidding, I know what you mean. I always try to resize my photos so they don’t slow download time but I think most people don’t know how to do it.

nrhatch - March 27, 2012

I’m fairly confident that the problem is not with my computer or browser since 99% of the blogs I visit load in a snap . . . without causing my computer to crackle or pop! 😀

This is a learning experience for most of us . . . as long as we remain awake and aware. Of course, some of us are asleep at the switch. 😉

13. sufilight - March 27, 2012

It’s a good reminder to keep graphics at a reasonable size. My computer slows down at times as I have programs for running our business and it tends to slow down the PC, so I have gotten into the habit of deframenting files and increasing memory before I start even reading blogs in between.

nrhatch - March 27, 2012

Last time I ran the defrag program, it barely had any fragments to move. But that it a quick fix for some computers that are slowing down with age.

14. souldipper - March 27, 2012

I have one blog site like that and it’s an older woman who is not terribly comfortable with technology. However, I cannot see why her site screws up my computer! It’s a Word Press site, no pictures, no music… She had trouble setting it up and I suspect there’s some little tweek that was missed or added.

If we find out why this happens, I’ll tell her, but for now, I’ll wait to see if it is a stage that WP is going through. There’s been a few odd things happening.

nrhatch - March 27, 2012

That is odd, Amy. Maybe some WP themes are corrupt? If so, maybe she could solve the problem by switching themes?

My computer has only FROZEN UP on a few sites. It’s not a “new” problem ~ I’ve been dealing with this issue on those sites for some time now. Last night, I decided to stop dealing with it because visiting blogs that take forever to load is no fun.

15. kateshrewsday - March 27, 2012

Erk! Great tip, Nancy, never even gave it consideration! Thanks!

nrhatch - March 27, 2012

No worries, Kate. You blog loads in 3 shakes of a lamb’s tail . . . approximately 4-5 seconds. 😀

If I ever notice a problem, I’ll let you know.

kateshrewsday - March 27, 2012

*Heaves sigh of relief* thanks, Nancy!

16. Tokeloshe - March 27, 2012

I hope I’m not slow ;-(

nrhatch - March 27, 2012

Not bad. I just commented on your last post ~ it loaded in about 11 seconds.

The blogs that caused my computer to FREEZE UP took MINUTES, not SECONDS . . . and even then they weren’t done loading.

Tokeloshe - March 27, 2012

Thanks for letting me know 😉

nrhatch - March 27, 2012

No worries, mate!

17. sweetdaysundertheoaks - March 27, 2012

Nancy don’t give up on me. I am in the middle of changing themes and I am still going to keep photos fairly:)small. Well,maybe a bit big. But photos I loaded with WordPress early on in my blog are HUGE and I will be sizing them down. I had trouble myself today loading pages from back last summer where I didn’t size them myself or size them at Photobucket. The picture of my Mom I could use for a dang billboard.

nrhatch - March 27, 2012

I just commented on your Barn Charm post . . . it loaded in a flash! About 4 seconds.

Re-sizing photos also frees up space on your blog for more pictures and graphics. After 2 years and 1600+ posts, almost all of which contain graphics, I have used 115.7 MB and have 2.9 GB upload space remaining ~ 96.2% of the alloted space.

18. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide - March 27, 2012

I size mine small, but man it takes a while to load on K’s phone.

nrhatch - March 27, 2012

Your blog loads in no time at all ~ 3 seconds, tops!

My only gripe with RF&SG is that your photos often make me drool over my keyboard. 😉

19. ceceliafutch - March 27, 2012

Oy . . . Mine is one of the ones you unsubscribed from. 😦 but I don’t know what I’m doing differently from what I’ve been doing all along. When you say “resize,” what do you mean? (I know…I oughta be up on these things.) When I upload I use the full size, not the large size. Is there something else I’m missing? Has anyone else had problems at my sight? Have you had problems before now? I am baffled about how to fix the problem, or even what changed on my page???? Help!

nrhatch - March 27, 2012

I just went to your home page and it took a full TWO MINUTES to load “140+ items/photos.” That’s far too long for most visitors to spend just WAITING to read and comment on a post.

Fortunately, my computer did NOT freeze up tonight. 😀

When you upload pictures and choose the size they will appear on the blog (while in the WP editor), the number of pixels remains the same no matter which size you choose.

That’s the problem.

Re-sizing photos BEFORE uploading into a post allows you to REDUCE the number of pixels and loading time.

I use HP Photosmart and pick a photo I want to use on the blog.

If it’s got high resolution, it might be 2048×1536 ~ that’s great if you want to print out an 8 x 10 for framing but way too big for most blogs.

So I go into EDIT and click “Resize” and then reduce the photo to e-mail size (640×480). That’s plenty of resolution for a blog without slowing down the works.

I expect that the problems with your blog are getting worse over time because you have more and more photos on the blog slowing down the works.

To fix the problem, you may need to delete or re-size all or most of the photos you’ve uploaded. Very time consuming.

I don’t know if other people are having a problem on your blog. You might do a short post and ASK THEM.

Also, you might want to talk to other bloggers who post a lot of photos to get some suggestions for what to do to fix the problem of slow loading . . . because I am NOT an expert.

Hope that helps, Cecelia. If you fix the problem, please let me know and I’ll re-subscribe.

ceceliafutch - March 27, 2012

Thanks Nancy. I’ve already posted a blog asking for help, and have one suggestion! (besides yours) I’ll work on it because if you are having problems, I’m sure that others are, too. And thank you for alerting me to the problem! If you hadn’t said anything, I never would have known. I may work with WP to see if I can move some of my early posts to another site because I am NOT going to resize every photo I have! hahaha…. but I will learn how to do that and resize going forward. I’ll let you know when I get this situation ironed out.

nrhatch - March 27, 2012

I just checked the size of your photos . . . and they do NOT seem too big. So maybe that’s NOT the problem.

To check the size of photos, right click with your mouse, then click on properties. All the photos I checked seemed in an acceptable range. Same with the images on your side bar.

I also checked the WP Tutorial for photos and it looks like some themes do resize photos and reduce pixels when bloggers upload high resolution images.

That said, when I left your blog a few minutes ago . . . my computer froze. That does not happen when I visit most other blogs. So something is not right.

Please let me know if you resolve the problem, so I can re-subscribe to your blog. 😀

ceceliafutch - March 27, 2012

Commenters so far have told me the problems they had was with my background image, so I took it out. Hopefully that is all that needs to be done. I’ll see what others have to say. And thanks for the instructions on resizing. I really do need to know how to do that.

nrhatch - March 27, 2012

It’s loading MUCH faster now! Yay! I’ve re-subscribed. Good to be back. 😀

nrhatch - March 27, 2012

Sorry, Cecelia. I spoke too soon. I just spent the last 25 minutes locked in a holding pattern trying to leave a comment on your blog ~ I couldn’t even get my browser to close.

So . . . there is still something going on that is preventing me from swinging by your site.

20. granny1947 - March 27, 2012

Now you have me worried.
Does my post download ok????????

nrhatch - March 27, 2012

Just checked . . . 4 seconds to “lock and load.” You’re in the clear, Granny!

granny1947 - March 27, 2012

Phew!!!!

21. Pocket Perspectives - March 27, 2012

uh oh…I wonder if my blog is slow too?….it’s essentially an image blog, so maybe it’s slow? I have a friend in another country with slow connection and low data plan and he can’t even open either of the blogs… have you had any problems with mine? ( I hope not…I don’t know if I have enough space in my hard drive/brain to figure out how to change the blogs…uh oh….)

nrhatch - March 27, 2012

Never had a problem with your site, Kathy. Just checked ~ 7 seconds to load your home page. So, no worries.

I don’t know why I can’t access Cecelia’s blog. It’s frustrating.

22. You Were Born To Succeed - March 27, 2012

Hi Nancy,

Thanks for stopping by and “liking.” I love your blog, and I hereby nominate you for the CREATIVE CHAOS AWARD. Check it out here – http://youwerebornthatway.wordpress.com/2012/03/28/creative-chaos-award/. You are wonderful – Happy Spring!

Nancy

P.S. I hope my picture isn’t too big.

nrhatch - March 28, 2012

Thanks, Nancy! The Creative Chaos Award . . . what a great name!

You Were Born To Succeed - March 28, 2012

I love it, too! And the picture.

nrhatch - March 28, 2012

Here’s to Creative Chaos!

23. Andra Watkins - March 28, 2012

The .org blogs seem to be the worst for me. All those add ons can slow things down a lot.

nrhatch - March 28, 2012

Yes. If I hear the .org blog {{blip}} as soon as I enter the cyber door (because they want to run an ad-on) . . . I leave!

They need to practice the KISS principle: Keep It Simple, Stupid.

24. bluebee - March 29, 2012

I’ve never noticed slow loads, but I suppose if you are having this problem, then my site would be one of the culprits, particualrly with the slide shows ;-(

nrhatch - March 29, 2012

I’ve never noticed a problem at your site, BB.

nrhatch - March 29, 2012

I just checked . . . it took almost a minute. So, a little slow loading, but not to the point that my computer went off to do something else, leaving me hanging. 😉

bluebee - March 29, 2012

Thanks for the feedback, Nancy 🙂

25. spilledinkguy - March 29, 2012

And another nice thing about resizing images is that if they get swiped you still have the original in nice, large for print size yourself. Just in case! The ‘other guy’ is left holding the pixelation.
😉

nrhatch - March 29, 2012

Good point!

That’s especially true for photographers and artists who make a living selling their work . . . or who hope to one day.

26. eof737 - April 22, 2012

Excessive graphics and photos that are not resized is a huge culprit.


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