Hi all

Some days back I was working with update panels and I created a simple application with multiple update panels on my page. Update panels were fetching data from a third part content management system, so sending a request, fetching and displaying the data was not a tricky part of the application but that used to take around 30 to 40 seconds per request.

Initially It was good but later when we customized our application to allow user to add multiple update panels on 1 page, we got stuck with performance issues, when user tried to load a page it used to take 1 or 2 minutes to complete page output.

I searched a lot to find out the way to improve the page performance, I got the idea of lazy loading but that worked well if there was only 1 update panel on the page. After spending lot of time, finally I figured out the lazy loading implementation with unlimited number of update panels, so in ideal situation a web page loads immediately without any third party call and after page load is completed it execute update panel refresh calls from JavaScript and shows a progress bar when update panel is loading the data. So if you have n number of update panels placed on your web page, the update panel placed at first position will start loading and after that 2nd panel load will start then 3rd and so on.

So for the clear understanding of this concept I am creating a user control and that user controls has 1 update panel and some other content controls, I will drop the user control on my page 4 times, so there will be 4 update panels rendered.

Here is the sample script for user control

ID=”upUpdatePanel” runat=”server” UpdateMode=”Conditional” OnPreRender=”upUpdatePanel_PreRender”>

<ContentTemplate><asp:LinkButtonID=”LinkButton1″ runat=”server” Enabled=”false” ForeColor=”Black”Font-Bold=”true” Font-Size=”Large” onclick=”LinkButton1_Click”>LinkButton disabled so far</asp:LinkButton>

<br /><br />

<asp:LabelID=”Label2″ runat=”server” Text=”Label”></asp:Label><asp:HiddenFieldID=”HiddenField1″ runat=”server”/>

ID=”GridView1″ runat=”server” PageSize=”3″ AllowPaging=”True” OnPageIndexChanging=”GridView1_PageIndexChanging”>




ID=”updProgressTab” runat=”server” AssociatedUpdatePanelID=”upUpdatePanel”>

<ProgressTemplate><divstyle=”position: relative; top: 50%; text-align: center;”>

<asp:ImageID=”imgLoading1″ runat=”server” ImageUrl=”simple.gif” Width=”34px” Height=”30px”/>Refreshing…




Note : update panel’s update mode is “conditional” and I have registered on_PreRender event of the update panel.

For on_preRender I have implemented this logic :

void upUpdatePanel_PreRender(object sender, EventArgs e)


string eventTarget = Request.Params[“__EVENTTARGET”] as

if (string.IsNullOrEmpty(eventTarget) == false)


if (eventTarget.StartsWith(this.ID))



LinkButton1.Enabled = true;

LinkButton1.Text = “Enabled Now”;

this.Label2.Text = DateTime.Now.ToString();





So I guess nothing special in the code logic, I am just trying to load a grid with hard coded values and with 2 second time interval.

So here is the tricky and most important part of the topic

StringBuilder sb = new

sb.Append(“var loopCounter = -1;”);

sb.Append(“function pageLoad(sender, e) {“);

sb.Append(“if (!e.get_isPartialLoad()) {“);

sb.Append(“var refreshPanels = $(\”[id*=\” + \”upUpdatePanel\” + \”]\”);”);


sb.Append(“var panel = refreshPanels[++loopCounter];”);

sb.Append(“__doPostBack(panel.id, ‘1’);”);

sb.Append(“}function EndRequestHandler() {“);

sb.Append(“var panel = refreshPanels[++loopCounter];”);

sb.Append(“if (panel==null) {“);



sb.Append(“else {“);

sb.Append(“__doPostBack(panel.id, ‘2’);}}”);


Page.ClientScript.RegisterClientScriptBlock(typeof(Page), “MYScript”, sb.ToString(), true);

Let me explain in detail.

  • First thing you need to know is that this will be rendered from controls load event
  • I am calling some script after page load event.
  • $(\”[id*=\” + \”upUpdatePanel\” + \”]\”);”)” this part is basically a JQuery selector that selects all divs having id “upUpdatePanel”, which is id of my update panel.
  • After that I am registering an end request event handler, that will be raised when update panel load request is completed.
  • I am looping through all panels and calling __doPostBack of each update panel. __doPostBack will call “upUpdatePanel_PreRender” event.
  • In EndRequestHsndler I am checking if there is another update panel remaining then call its __doPostBack otherwise simple remove end request event handler.

In my page I have dropped 4 user controls

border=”0″ cellpadding=”0″ cellspacing=”0″ width=”100%”>


style=”width: 50%”>

<uc1:WebUserControl1ID=”WebUserControl11″ runat=”server”/>


<tdstyle=”width: 50%”>

<uc1:WebUserControl1ID=”WebUserControl12″ runat=”server”/>




<tdstyle=”width: 50%”>

<uc1:WebUserControl1ID=”WebUserControl13″ runat=”server”/>


<tdstyle=”width: 50%”><uc1:WebUserControl1ID=”WebUserControl14″ runat=”server”





This shows page output like

In above screen you can see first panel is being refreshed.

Now first panel has been loaded and now second panel is being refreshed. Same for 3rd and fourth


you can download code form above link and off course leave a comment if you did like my effort 🙂