Page Load Time Research

7 Jan 2010 - 11:46am
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Will Hacker
2009

Is anyone aware of any usability studies that address page load time
and impact to the users' experience and perception of a site? I'm
creating a page load service level agreement for a web app and would
like it if I had some research that reinforced my recommendation
(I'm recommending a 2 second maximum for the login process). If you
are aware of anything specific to homepages and login, that would be
even better.

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7 Jan 2010 - 12:20pm
Brian Mila
2009

I also would like this information, not just for login though. We
are trying to determine how long before a spinning wait indicator
appears for any action. Currently I'm also thinking about 2
seconds, but I would love to have something to back it up. Another
related question (not to hijack the original question), should a wait
indicator always be displayed for longer operations? Are there
operations, like when a new page is displayed, that shouldn't
display a wait indicator?

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7 Jan 2010 - 1:09pm
Anonymous

I've recently come across some items that discuss this topic:

On UIE.com:
Usability Tools Podcast: The Truth About Page Download Time
http://www.uie.com/brainsparks/2007/09/24/usability-tools-podcast-the-truth-about-page-download-time/

http://www.uie.com/events/roadshow/articles/download_time/

And, on Useit.com
http://www.useit.com/alertbox/timeframes.html

On Usability.gov, "Optimizing the User Experience" guideline
document
http://www.usability.gov/pdfs/chapter2.pdf

There are many sources cited on this WebsiteOptimization.com entry:
http://www.websiteoptimization.com/speed/1/

Just to name a few. :)

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7 Jan 2010 - 1:45pm
Jared M. Spool
2003

On Jan 7, 2010, at 10:09 AM, jennifer wrote:

> http://www.uie.com/events/roadshow/articles/download_time/

This link fell victim to a recent host change.

Try this one instead:
http://www.uie.com/articles/download_time/

Thanks, Jennifer, for forwarding the links to everyone.

Jared

12 Jan 2010 - 12:35pm
Will Hacker
2009

Thanks all, these are very helpful.

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