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When the connectivity with the system comes to a halt, users need to given feedback as to how much time they are on hold. They need to be assured that the system has not crashed, or is not experiencing technical problems especially when waiting period is a little longer. This all adds to a good browsing experience, and in turn helps you keep your visitor tied up with your site.
Commonly in a halt meant for more than 10 second, it is advisable to use percent-done progress indicators. It gives an idea as to how long users have got to wait, and helps them utilize this intervening time on some other important tasks.
On the psychological plane, it is something to look at when nothing is at hand to do, and hence prevents the visitors from wandering around. To serve this purpose well, a graphic progress bar instead of just stating the expected remaining time in numbers is pretty desirable and equally effective.
In operation where it is difficult to dish out the expected waiting period, the use of percent-done progress indicators seems to be out of place. Therefore using some thing like a spinning ball, a busy bee flying over the screen, dots printed on a status line will be quite okay.
This signals the process to be in progress, though it does not provide specifics of its completion. Nonetheless, it takes into account the psychology of wait on the web, and contributes its bit in crating the desired impact.
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