Parallax themes, always jerky and slow ... or just me?


#1

Parallax themes are cool, they look great, but despite the fact I’m on the latest version of Chrome and using an extremely fast laptop, does anyone else find that 99% of them run like a dog?

So unfortunately, as much as I may like the theme itself, I’d never purchase it because the user will probably be on the receiving end of such an awful experience when visiting the site.

I hope this trend passes soon.

Or is it just me?

Dan


#2

Try with closing the theme switcher (or iframe).


#3

It’s about how the theme (and parallax effect) was built. There is a right and wrong way. Also, Chrome has a well known issue with scrolling by default. There is a special extension for smooth scrolling for chrome.

At the end - no one force the buyer to use the parallax effect in his production site. In my latest theme ( and I believe this applies to all parallax themes) parallax backgrounds are optional and it was built to look good with or without them. Not to mention that parallax should NEVER be active on mobile (touch)devices as the scroll even there is totally different than the scroll event on pointing devices.


#4

As Koev said before me, parallax should be always disabled in mobile devices, for functionality as well as performance issues.

Also, Chrome has known issues with parallax, that’s why I disabled the effect by default on my latest template.


#5
SuitsTheme said

Try with closing the theme switcher (or iframe).

I always close the theme switcher, so that’s not affecting it for me personally.

So - If we accept that Chrome has issues with Parallax themes, and some people are disabling it by default (particularly as Chrome is the no. 1 browser now), then why are they so popular? Seems like an awful trend?

Dan


#6
dwhitmore said
SuitsTheme said

Try with closing the theme switcher (or iframe).

I always close the theme switcher, so that’s not affecting it for me personally.

So - If we accept that Chrome has issues with Parallax themes, and some people are disabling it by default (particularly as Chrome is the no. 1 browser now), then why are they so popular? Seems like an awful trend?

Dan

Chrome doesn’t have an issue with parallax themes. It’s just that Chrome is really chunky when it comes to scrolling. Parallax or non-parallax, Chrome has the worst scroll ever, it doesn’t matter if it’s the most used browser or not :smiley:

Second, well built parallax themes are beautiful and we shouldn’t kill creativity because of browser limitations.


#7

Parallax is great, it just depend how dev create this effect. Some of them just play with background position ( when in one page have more than 1 parallax section, and image size is bigger, it will kill all browsers, not just chrome ) - some of great devs take the css3 translate3d, or translate(X,Y) feature to move the object (not background, but object/image tag) - and only applied the effect on “visible” elements. (check out how spotify handle their parallax bg)

So, take a look on more parallax items that released by great authors. You will find the difference :wink: