Speed is starting to play a major role in good web design in 2016. Businesses that ignore speed will suffer in search engines, and penalties are already in place for high requests and slow load times on websites; content management systems being the biggest culprit.
A Microsoft study conducted in 2015, which studied 2112 people, revealed that our attention span has decreased to just 8 seconds from an attention span of 12 seconds in the year 2000.
40% of people will abandon a website that takes longer than 3 seconds to load. Speed is a core part of design, and it’s a force website owners have to reckon with in 2016.
Compressing images, limiting server requests by linking to other resources on different websites, and simplifying design, are all effective measures.