When it comes to a great website experience, internet users consider performance more important than fresh content, consistent experiences across mobile and desktop, and personalized content, finds Limelight Networks in a study entitled “The State of the User Experience” [PDF]. Delving further into attitudes regarding website performance, the study unearths some intriguing attitudes: for example, roughly 1 in 5 respondents aren’t willing to wait longer than 3 seconds for a website to load before getting frustrated and leaving. Given that about 4 in 10 respondents would be willing to wait 3-5 seconds, the results suggest that about 6 in 10 overall are willing to wait up to 5 seconds, but no longer.
However, users appear to be more patient with the mobile web experience: while 41% of respondents expect equally fast page loads on mobile and desktop, a plurality 44% are in fact willing to wait longer for a page to load on a mobile device than on a laptop or desktop. That’s an important result, since a significant proportion of respondents report often accessing websites via smartphones – including roughly one-third who say they do so “most of the time.” Read the rest at MarketingCharts.