Great headline, isn’t it – I wish I’d thought of it. It’s from El Reg, a UK online newspaper, decrying the expansion of blog front pages.
It seems that more and blogs – and web pages in general – are putting images and other things on their front pages which serve to slow down the page loading.
I thought I’d measure a few front pages of web sites, using a web based service:
Here are some blogs and other web pages:
|Kiwiblog||500k (2 minutes on a 56k modem)|
|NZ Herald||250k, mobile version 120k|
This matters because it makes the pages less usable to dial up or mobile users. So, if you have a web site with a big, heavy, front page you are effectively saying that you don’t want people with slow lines or who are using mobiles to surf there. That may be a valid decision for you, but you need to be aware that you are making it. And for many companies, and especially for government departments, it’s just not OK to disenfranchise people by effectively cutting them out of your website. Now, the government is very aware of this issue and has a set of web standards which departments have to conform to – and those standards say that pages mustn’t be too big.