We know that page speed is essential to high engagement. We have always worked hard to make sure that when Slickstream is added to your site, we have the minimum possible impact on page load times and performance.
Recently we've heard from publishers that Slickstream has become an essential part of their sites and it is important that Slickstream's features appear as quickly as possible on the page. Where we had previously intentionally deferred our own loading to "get out of the way", we now need to make sure that search and other widgets are available ASAP.
In our latest update, we've made some changes that enable faster loading of Slickstream widgets and even reduce our impact on the loading of the rest of your page (images, ads, etc.)
To get the benefit of this change, you need to do two things:
- Update your embed code; and
If you don't take these actions, Slickstream will continue to work, but you won't get the full benefit of this update.
Once you make these changes, you'll probably notice that Slickstream widgets appear on your page MUCH faster. That's because we're using some tricks to cache both code and state information locally in the browser so that, in many cases, we don't have to load any network resources before we can inject our widgets on the page.
We'd be happy to help, of course. Just shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.