The ever increasing web page size

Web page size is increasing – From the HTTP Archive

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Day one of the CMG Conference was kicked-off with the keynote presentation by Pat Meenan of Google and, where Pat discussed the user experience and the browser.  He discussed performance monitoring and tuning of a few well-known web pages. When is a page really loaded and ready?  That keeps getting fuzzier by the day. During his presentation he mentioned a site called the HTTP Archive, as it has shown that the web page size is increasing at a rapid rate. So, I thought I would take a quick look at the HTTP archive.

From their web site; The HTTP Archive records the content of Web Pages and how it is constructed and served. It is a permanent repository of we performance information such as size of pages, failed requests, and the technologies utilized. They use this performance to identify trends in how the Web is built and provides a common data set for conducting web performance research.  Starting in November 2011, they started using the web sites listed in the Alexa Top 1,000,000 sites. From November 2010 to October 2011 they analyzed 18,026 URL’s.

They produce a number of Trending graphs, almost all of them are increasing during time.  The Total Transfer Size is at 1.27 MB’s and Total Requests is at 87. They track the HMTL Transfer size and HTML Requests, JavaScript Size and Javascript requests and many more. You can download the data for your own detailed analysis of performance trends.

One this is clear, the web pages continue to increase in size, as the bandwidth increases, the ability to consume the bandwidth increases.

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