Friday, October 17, 2008

The new Maybank2u website is extremely slow

Maybank has changed their Maybank2u website to a new design since yesterday. Unfortunately, extensive use of AJAX has render the website extremely slow, to the extend that it is unusable most of the time.

Maybank should be well awared that although AJAX could bring some fancy user interface experience, as a trade-off, it greatly reduce the web application loading speed. Even great application from Google such as GMail which started to use AJAX extensively recently also experiences the same problem, and that's why Google has made available a special link to access GMail without AJAX as a backup plan for their users.

The slowness intensifies over secured SSL connection, which is a must for the bank online services. There is also increase vulnerability for the server to encounter Denial of Service (DoS) Attack, since even without attack, the service is already close to useless due to time-out respond time.

In addition, AJAX application performance is largely depends on the performance of JavaScript execution and browser DOM operations. This mean, the user's web browser play an important role in the AJAX performance too. AFAIK, Safari performs much better than Firefox in handling AJAX, and Firebox performs much better than IE 7 in handling AJAX. Unfortunately, I'm sure they have the most users using IE7, and least users using Safari.

Therefore, too much of AJAX on any website (or a full-Ajax-enabled website) is not a good idea. Maybank2u must find ways to resolve this problem, either to reduce usage to AJAX, or invest more money in upgrading their network equipments and servers. Luckily, they still maintain a link to fallback to their previous website interface. Not so fancy, but at least usable.


goodluck88 said... Reply To This Comment

Agreed. The new website is extremely slow. Couldn't login for the past 2 days already.

edge2002 said... Reply To This Comment

can I ask you regarding blogspot issue, I need to put a label to all my post, but after that how come I couldnt see the blog label archive like urs ar? is it need to change the blog template as well?

Voyager8 said... Reply To This Comment


You just need to add the Labels gadget in your layout.

edge2002 said... Reply To This Comment

got it done!

Anonymous said... Reply To This Comment

tqUndisputedly Hong Leong Online website deserves my credit, coz it's really very fast.

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