The average page is now about 965 kilobytes in size, reveals a study of top sites by the HTTP Archive.
The figure is 33% up on the same period in 2010 when the average webpage was a svelte 726 kilobytes…
…Analysis suggests the bloat is down to user demands for more interactivity, as well as the tools used to watch what happens when people visit a site.
Back in the day when we had to walk uphill both ways to get our Webs to work, a general goal was to keep pages under 50k. The BBC points out that our portly pages might be fine for people accessing sites via broadband but is a killer for those viewing on 3G mobile.
Takeaway: remember to optimize, and then do it again.
In a study 500 of some of the top sites on the Internet, mobile performance consultants Blaze found less than half of the top destinations in the United States were optimized for smartphones
Of the Alexa 500 top sites in the U.S., 40% were optimized for smartphones (42% iOS, 38% Android). Yet, when it comes to Android, those 200 sites overwhelmingly returned the same page to both a smartphone and a tablet, meaning that developers have not rendered Android specific versions of their sites for Android tablets