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Website shifts to left while loading
Being caused by scroll bar

 3:42 am on Oct 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

I have a weird rendering issue where my site renders just fine, but right before the load is finished the entire pages shifts to the left a few pixels.

After further observation I noticed the shift was being caused by the scroll bar. For some reason there's a few seconds delay before the scroll bar, which is what causes the shift.

I don't get it. I checked another site using the same template theme I do and the sidebar shows up immediately while it renders.

What would cause such a delay? Is there a way I can nail down why it this is happening, maybe with the help of Firebug?



 4:00 am on Oct 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

Possibly the content that loads first is too short to trigger the scroll bar.

If this issue is a real problem for some reason, you might work to get the content area to load during the first http request. For instance, you might use CSS for source-ordering, so that the main content is at the top of the source code even though other elements end up displaying above it.


 5:11 am on Oct 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

I think it's an advertising code with noticeable latency that loads before the rest of the site does. There seems to be no way to get around this unless I put it in an iFrame, which wont do since its contextual. Oh well, at least I found the culprit. It was the mystery that was driving me nuts.


 8:53 am on Oct 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

>> I think it's an advertising code with noticeable latency that loads before the rest of the site does.

could you not put the advertising code (JS?) at the end of your HTML, it's recommended practice to put scripts at the end of source anyway, then as Ted says, use CSS to make it display where in the page you need it.

or make a container div for your ads.. give it the ad banner/boxes width and height or more. The div should render immediately and "place-hold" for, then contain, the ad code once the script finishes without needing to resize.


 3:39 pm on Oct 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

Thnkas for the suggestions. I'll give these two a try to see what works best if possible. =)


 4:13 pm on Oct 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

Just one thing, is there a tutorial I can read that can tell me how to place the JS at the end of the source while still being able to display it earlier on the page? I see to be having trouble finding one.

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