It can take visitors less than one second to reach an initial impression of your website, and less than three seconds to decide whether to stay or move on, according to a study conducted by the Missouri University of Science and Technology. Unless you can keep visitors engaged once they are at your site, there is little chance that they will receive your message or make an online purchase. It is therefore of critical importance to make the best first impression possible.
The adage that you never get a second chance to make a good first impression was coined long before the Internet, but when it comes to your website, it is especially true. A recent study from the Missouri University of Science and Technology revealed that visitors form their first impression of your website in under 0.2 seconds. Within the next 2.6 seconds, the visitor will have focused his eyes in a manner that strengthens his first impression.