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Does user care about the details while loading?

I need to load some information on Android devices and showing a progress bar immediately came to my mind. Now here's the problem: The time it takes to get the content ready(download/decode/buffer) ...
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Is a slow home page better than a loading bar?

I am working on a small site which needs to load a large amount of data to show on the home page. The page container loads fast (~1 second) but then I need to retrieve data from a database and ...
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Will forcing response time to the average time as a minimum improve UX?

I have a situation where my Ajax call response time could vary from 14ms to 600ms, because of the complexity of a Query they could make. From my experience Users take for granted those 20-80 ms round ...
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How long should a page take to load?

Back in 1997 Jacob Nielsen was suggesting: Currently, the minimum goal for response times should therefore be to get pages to users in no more than ten seconds Obviously expectations have sped up ...
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Pros/cons of splash-screen with articifial loading delay

My firm has developed a small, domain-specific desktop GUI application. Being small, it loads fast (practically instantly) and initially presents a "home" screen, which in this app, is a kind of ...
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Why show the user 'There are n updates since page load, refresh to see them' rather than adding new data

On a page which features a list of items (such as stack overflow questions or quora), the site often polls for data but instead of displaying that data it instructs the user to refresh the page to see ...
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Progress bar completing too quickly

I have a progress bar that takes place after a user uploads a file while the backend is running some processes. It looks like a standard progress bar that fills as the processing completes, like so: ...
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What to show while a game is loading?

I would like to know what is the best solution to show while a game is loading? Do you think just showing a loading bar is enough, or is entertaining with a mini-game, like snake, the better solution?...
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How to use “Greeked Text” —or fake content— to reduce anxiety in cases of long loading times

In cases where loading times are too long (more than a minute) does showing fake content or content placeholders while the application is loading data help reduce anxiety? I've only seen this in ...
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Why are spinning animations typically used for loading sequences?

This question is asking about why spinning animations tend to used as "conventional" indefinite loading animations - it is not asking why a particular software/app/OS uses a spinner. Also the ...
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What is the name of this practice when a page loads?

It seems that some basic elements take their position quite quickly: and then others follow to form the final page: update (Apr 2018) I've noticed that youtube is also doing this...
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If you can't improve loading time, is distracting the user a good technique?

On several implementations I've worked with, loading times can be as high as four seconds for the start page. When all reasonable options are done, is it possible to distract the user to make the ...
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Wait/load indicator: Use built in browser functionality or display a custom indicator?

We have a bit of a discussion regarding the use of wait/load indicators in a project I am working on. The scenario: A click on an "open document" link possibly leads to a 2-5 second wait before the ...
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A single, long load - or multiple short loads, which would provide a better experience?

I have a very large, modular web application. When it starts I can do things one of three ways: A moderately long load time (about 60 seconds) to fetch all of the modules from the server (presented ...
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Is showing a loader inside a button on mobile a good practice?

On many apps the "loading" state is displayed inside a blank screen. I was considering having it directly inside the touched button but I wanted to know if it's something common. I don't have example ...
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What is the optimal load time for a website before users abandon a mobile application or website?

Obviously the goal is for an application to load almost instantly but I am curious as to what the average time would be before users perceive an application or website as "too slow". So, I'm curious ...
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Loading time and user expectations

Is there any particular research done on website loading time and the users' expectations? I mean, if the website takes a lot of time to load, does the user expect a nice media rich/animated ...
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How to load long-time-taking content?

We have a page that takes very long to load (approx. 15 seconds, might be even more for some clients) as the data it generates is heavy and slow. While we are trying to directly speed it up, 15 is ...
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Does a loading animation on a websites initial load improve usability?

I'm working on a site where I am being asked to implement a loading animation on page loads. Essentially, the site will display a loading animation as soon as possible, which will go away once all of ...
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Size of Background Image for Landing Page

I am using a background image on my home page/landing page that's roughly 112kb and I've noticed my bounce rate being higher. Is this image beyond the threshold of load vs. appearance? The reason ...
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Should I display UI asap and populate it later or show a preloader until I get my data?

I am working on a data-rich webapp using Meteor. I was previously considering that everything I can load should be loaded asap, and every part of my page depending on data should have its loader while ...
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With infinite scrolling/pagination, how should I handle the user loading page 2, but there being new content on page 1?

Say we're looking at a website like Reddit or Facebook where there's infinite scrolling involved, and things aren't necessarily sorted by time, but are sorted by some relevance factor that decides the ...
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Are fake loaders bad ux?

I have an app I created for my company that uses arrays and a lot of JS to load in the content. This obviously comes back with some huge load times (up to 8s), where the majority of it is when the ...
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What is the purpose of the “Press any button to continue” screen in games?

In a lot of games, there are intro movies from the various companies. After that there often is a screen which blocks further loading of game assets and asks to press any button. Then it just ...
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How should I alter my programs progress bar?

An application I have just been asked 'to take care of' has some interesting code features. One is that when it is loading up the login screen, it displays a 'splash' with a progress bar. This splash ...
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How to avoid “Loading fatigue”

I work at a company where our users run into a loading screen frequently. We can't preload the data because it's rather random. Right now we have a loading bar, and after a couple of times seeing it, ...
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What is the minimum waiting time after when should a page loader be displayed to the user?

I haven't been able to find answer to my question from the internet, so maybe someone knows how to help me. What is the minimum waiting time after when should a page loader be displayed to the user? ...
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How long should the user wait before providing reassurance?

I have an application with user login. When a user logs in for the first time, I show them a screen similar to this while the login process completes: The user's access must be validated before they ...
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For mobile apps, is it “best” to load data before transitioning screens?

In a mobile application you almost always make some sort of api call to fetch data to populate view elements on a screen. Say I am on a home screen (screen A) and want to transition to a profile ...
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Is showing a blank page preferable to showing an empty one?

TL;DR: If you don't care about the context of my question, you can jump down to the images, under "Question." Background I'm modifying an exeisting web application--think "social network," although ...
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Long loading bar vs. short loading bar?

When I have thought of this, I would think a longer loading bar is more enjoyable to the user, because even though whatever the are downloading/loading isn't happening faster, it seems to be happening ...
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How long should a loading spinner take to do one rotation?

Whilst I'd always prefer an estimated time, I get that's not always possible, so we fall back to the tried and personally hated, loading spinner. I've always thought that having it do one iteration ...
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Are one-page web apps always better?

Does anyone have some instances or cases where onepage web applications (for example, a lot of AngularJS apps) are inferior to full loading pages? I'm not including technology, SEO, etc. Only from a ...
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What are some accepted styles of Greeking for loading content?

There's a technique that Facebook uses in their Timeline where it'll show fake "content" blocks while it's waiting for the real content to load. From a distance, it looks like the content has already ...
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Lazy loading with sort [closed]

I am working on an enterprise app that returns quite a few results from search. The users wanted to have lazy loading on the search results but also require sorting. My devs tell me the sort will not ...
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Examples/Opinions on using (Facebook-style) placeholder/dummy content during wait/spinner processes?

I've read some articles recently touting Facebook's use of dummy content and text and image placeholders during load processes, stating that using a spinner wheel w/messaging alone can increase bounce ...
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What's the purpose of a “Pause Animation” button on a loading animation?

Many of the loading spinners on Chase bank's rewards portal have a "Pause Animation" button below them. Is there a reason to include this below animations?
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What's the best button progressbar?

I've made a sketch of different button progressbars, but I need to know which is the best one and why based on a few key factors: Perceived speed (fastest). Noise/Distraction level (least noise/...
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How should long loading times be handled?

I am currently working on a way for users to generate a file that can vary in size, and this requires a lot of back-end processing before the user can download the file. I currently have a loading ...
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What to do when loading is TOO fast? [duplicate]

On slow connections (or if the server is randomly slow for some reason) it makes sense to have loading indicators. But when the connection is good, the req is too fast and the loading looks horrible. ...
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Full-screen “loading” overlay in desktop browsers

We've recently introduced a full-screen modal for loading operations in our web app to provide better UX for small screens. The problem was that the loading spinner we had before was sometimes out of ...
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Why does YouTube not cache videos anymore? [closed]

A while ago youtube changed its cache system. Now when you watch a video, if you click backward on timeline, the video will be downloaded again, and youtube does not read it from cache. It is very ...
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Skeleton screens with determinate progress?

I'd like to use skeleton screens to indicate when a page is loading. Usually, this is great—it makes the experience seem faster while still functioning as a progress indicator. The thing is, skeleton ...
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Loading GIFs, too many or too few

what are your opinions on loading gifs or spinners? I have some pages on my site that take a second to load up, and I am tempted to have a translucent overlay and spinner, but it looks irritating I ...
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Clockwise or counter-clockwise loading animation

Is there any rule for using CW or CCW loading animation? Does CCW animation means "slow" or "rollback" or something? Or maybe CW direction means going forward, straight direction etc? UPDATE: due ...
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iOS button morph to loading

In Android, the native button in material style has a "loading" state. This loading state can also be "disabled" state. It looks like this: HD Screencast - https://gfycat.com/...
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How to indicate an element is loading without animation?

I'm working on a product detail page that contains a 'Table of Contents'. Due to some not so great API work, I'm in a weird situation. It takes between 10-20 seconds for the app to check if there is ...
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What are the benefits of the new Marks and Spencer large image fade?

Marks and Spencer recently rolled out their new site. For those that haven't seen it, take a look, works well. http://www.marksandspencer.com/ Did you notice that the large image fills the screen at ...
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Can we avoid the preloader for image popup?

Simple scenario: User clicks on the image that opens larger image in lightbox. Translucent dark background appears and image starts loading. I created a test page for better understanding: http://...
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Letting the user wait for shorten a link?

I have an application where I show a list of news. These news can be shared by the user (simple share-intent you can see in almost every android-application). However, I don't want the user to send ...