I’m browsing through static and Wordpress themes and a majority of them seem to have a 0-100 loading bar. It reminds me of of the old flash website days and I hated that. Is this a new web design trend?
“Because we can” this is the main reason i think.
Loaders and sliders are so 1999 if you ask me.
Because its a trend.
That’s the point, if the page loads immediately, that loading bar shouldn’t even be noticed. At least that’s how it should be coded. For example, in one of my complex themes, the layout was changing a little bit in the first 1-2 seconds because of lots of animations and scripts so I decided to add a loading bar, to prevent the user seeing those ‘transitions’.. so he can see the final website instead.
I think things are becoming more “Flashy” like the old days – which is a good thing. Having things loading intermittently looked messy, especially on slower connections. But now that we’re moving back towards transitioned sections and animations, a preload of elements prior to displaying them is essential to maintain a fluid user experience like we had with Flash sites. Not everyone is on a 100mb line, like here in Africa most of us still use 2mb.. so we need those preloaders!
It’s a trend mainly, though preloading is definitely useful. If it’s a wp theme then the author probably put an option in to disable it, if it’s html, well you can remove it easily anyway
Just a trend.
I have yet to see a theme use a “preloading” animation and actually do any real preloading most are just time stalls. If your worried about slow users, you’re better off caching(server side) but then that wouldn’t really be a theme issue more a site owner one.