Web Pages Keep Stalling When Opening

By Ashley Poland

The average website takes three to six seconds to load.
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If you use the Web to run your business, slow-loading or stalled Web pages can result in lost money. If you're having trouble loading websites on your computer, first check that your anti-virus programs are updated and running, as malware can cause network problems. Beyond that, the problem is most likely one of insufficient bandwidth or computer resources.

Network Activity

If every computer in your office connects to the same network, you may experience lags if the bandwidth is spread too thin. Networks also experience problems if more than 10 or 15 users connect to the same wireless access point, even if none are running bandwidth-heavy applications. Consider adding extra wireless points and upgrading your Internet service plan to increase the available bandwidth.

Bloated Browsers

A bloated browser can cause pages to hang while they load. What contributes to browser bloat varies. If you've opened many tabs at once, this can cause a one-time stall. If you've installed many extensions or add-ons, it can cause your browser to slow down. Even which browser you use changes how resource-heavy it is: Google Chrome is one of the heaviest browsers, followed by Internet Explorer, then Mozilla Firefox. Trying a new browser may solve the problem.

Computer Resources

As a sort of coda to the "bloated browser" issue, you may have trouble if your computer is too old or if you're running too many programs. There's only so much memory to go around on your computer, and if you're running one memory-heavy program, your browser may slow. If you're using an older computer, it may not have enough memory and processing power to keep up with the demands of the modern Web.

DNS and Browser Cache

You may be having trouble if there's a conflict between local data saved by your browser and the websites you visit. You can clear this out by erasing your browser cache, which stores local copies of website data, and by flushing your DNS. Doing so may result in faster-loading websites.

Website Issues

The issue may be completely outside of your control -- it may be a problem with the website or server you're trying to contact. If there's some broken code on the website, it may cause a Web page to hang or for elements to fail loading. The server that hosts the website may also be down. If you're only experiencing the problem with a few websites, you may need to come back and try again later.