That’s a quote from Web page usability guru Jakob Nielsen — and we’ve taken it to heart at SlideShare. If you’ve noticed that using SlideShare seems faster, it’s because it is: Our engineering team has made some significant performance improvements over the past few months.
We’ve reduced the time it takes to load a presentation page by a whopping 2 seconds! This was not an easy task, and when it comes to page load time, every millisecond reduction counts. How did we do it?
– We noticed that the social sharing widgets were blocking the load of other critical assets. So we deferred the loading of these widgets to a delayed event.
For the more technical-minded, go to our engineering blog for more. And special thanks to SlideShare devs Jeba Emmanuel, Apoorvi Kapoor and Jean Benois who worked on this!
Over the coming year, you can expect us to make continuous improvements in performance and quality. If you find the technical tips useful or have more ideas for how to make SlideShare faster, please tell us in the comments below!