site loading slowly... any suggestions?

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Hey Warriors!

I've built a site and it's loading slow on certain websites. First of all... some sites stop the automatic audio from playing, saying something like "this site is trying to use active x control, do you want to install"... So that's the first thing I need to fix. Is there a way around this? Some way to have the audio going that universally loads fast and plays on all computers?

Also some pictures/navigation buttons don't load on the page with certain websites...

I was thinking that maybe the sizes of all the pictures and the header flash is maybe causing the slowness of the loading. Here're the sizes below--

-navigation buttons are 30-37 kb each
-flash in the header is 173 kb
-audio that plays automatically is 515 kb

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks!!!
Rebecca
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  • Profile picture of the author Kris Turner
    What are you using to put the audio on your page? This works pretty well for putting audio on your website ---> 1 Pixel Out Audio Player Wordpress plugin

    It's made for Wordpress pages, but you can use it on any site. If you use it along with amazon S3 it works very well, and you should have no problems with it not playing for anyone.

    Do you have links to the sites that aren't loading right?
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  • Hi Alex,

    Thanks for the info... right now I'm using this code for the audio:

    Code:
    <object width="150" height="30">
    <param name="src" value="/video_audio/WebsiteIntro_Quote.mp3">
    <param name="autoplay" value="true">
    <param name="controller" value="true">
    <param name="bgcolor" value="#ffffff">
    <embed src="/video_audio/WebsiteIntro_Quote.mp3" autostart="true" loop="false" width="150" height="30" controller="true" bgcolor="#FFFFFF"></embed>
    </object>
    I'll try out that audio player you recommended...

    There are no links not working on my end. Do you think the sizes for the pictures are too big?

    Thanks!!
    Rebecca
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  • Does anyone else get the same issues on their end... not all the images showing up on the homepage??

    Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author mikemcmillan
    It all works fine for me. I'm on a Mac with Firefox.

    You might try going to HTML code help, search engine optimization and web site maintenance tools by NetMechanic.

    Type in the URL of your site and click on "test now".

    Click on the "Load Time" and you can check your images sizes and there is a tool to optimize them if you wish to use it. Also click on "HTML Check and Repair". When I did that several issues came up with nested tags related to some of your buttons (images). They may only be issues with certain browsers and they may not really be issues at all--but I would check them out.

    Also remember that once you visit your own site the images are likely cached in your system. The next time you visit your site the images will likely load from your cache (faster) rather than the network (which is slower). The first time someone visits a site it typically loads slower than on subsequent visits assuming they don't dump their cache.
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    • Originally Posted by mikemcmillan View Post

      It all works fine for me. I'm on a Mac with Firefox.

      You might try going to HTML code help, search engine optimization and web site maintenance tools by NetMechanic.

      Type in the URL of your site and click on "test now".

      Click on the "Load Time" and you can check your images sizes and there is a tool to optimize them if you wish to use it. Also click on "HTML Check and Repair". When I did that several issues came up with nested tags related to some of your buttons (images). They may only be issues with certain browsers and they may not really be issues at all--but I would check them out.

      Also remember that once you visit your own site the images are likely cached in your system. The next time you visit your site the images will likely load from your cache (faster) rather than the network (which is slower). The first time someone visits a site it typically loads slower than on subsequent visits assuming they don't dump their cache.
      I tried that tool out... it's very helpful!

      One of the issues is this:

      tag: Z-INDEX, attribute: LENGTH/percentage

      Supposedly 99.9% of views will be effected by this... but how do I fix it?

      That's part of the script I'm using to have a stretched background image...

      Thanks!
      Rebecca
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