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2:6 Minimize Page Download Time

Relative Importance:

Relative Importance rating of 4 out of 5

Strength of Evidence:

Strength of Evidence rating of 4 out of 5

Document Type: Guideline


Topic:

General User Experience


Guideline:

Minimize the time required to download a Web site's pages.


Comments:

The best way to facilitate fast page loading is to minimize the number of bytes per page.


Sources:

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