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July 7, 2008, 2:42 pm
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What is an acceptable "page weight" for a web page, these days? (e.g.
for a home page)
5 years ago the cry was "no more than 40KB" for an entire web page,
because most of the world was still using dialup (i.e. 56KB at best).
But now, what with more than half (60%?) of our audience being on
broadband, how has the consensus view of an acceptable size for a
normal web page changed?
P.S. 85% of our audience is UK-based.
Re: What is an acceptable "page weight" for a web page, these days? (e.g. for a home page)
As far as text files and images are concerned, no, it hasn't really
changed. There wouldn't be any need to increase the weight of a
typical page, anyway - unless you're adding in lots more text and
images by making the pages much longer, a well-designed page isn't
going to significantly break that limit even if you don't try to stick
to it. Adding in more very large images will break the limit, but for
the majority of pages there's rarely any need for single images to be
big enough in terms of dimensions for them to also be a major issue as
regards filesize. Rendering time still matters, even if download times
are less important.
Obviously, image galleries are now a lot more practical than they used
to be, which is one benefit of having more bandwidth at your disposal.
But a typical text-based page where the images are primarily there to
complement the text rather than be the content in and of themselves
still doesn't need to be much larger than around 40KB in total.
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