It’s crazy to think that a classic video game was basically the same size as an average web page today.
Trade in data size, the average web page of today, and you will get in return a multilevel first person shooting game with several levels and a 3D rendered engine to boot.
Yes, you are reading that right. The average web page size of today is a heavy 2.3 megabytes, which makes it slightly heavier than the original Doom, a game known for its impressive lineup of exciting features that had gaming fans in raptures when it hit them more than two decades ago in 1993.
Now, while 2.3 MB may not seem like a lot – especially even the nominal web user only talks in GBs now – it does give a bad reputation to the trend on the web that doesn’t really try to rein in the size of pages. While these sizes are being handled fairly efficiently on the loading front today, thanks to the availability of enhanced broadband, it does indicate that there has to be some kind of control so that things don’t get out of hand. After all, heavy pages are never a good sign for the health of the internet.
The good news is that the better websites are aware of this and are making a conscious effort to construct lighter webpages, even when the number of components on an average webpage are on the rise. Social media links, video links, adware and a whole lot of other constituents are standard fare these days, contributing to the size of a website in real terms.
Of course, the larger websites can afford to keep things clean, even striking off certain components to reduce the size of their webpages. After all, they already have a dedicated audience. But smaller ones do need a considerable amount of components to attract an audience, or make money off of ads, and this means more data on a page.
The trouble however, lies in the fact that if smaller websites do not clean up their game, they will become slower in comparison to the big fish, and this in turn will hurt them even more, especially since search engines like Google are now tracking webpage sizes as a factor that affects their ranking algorithms. So, too much of bloat could label a website “slow”, something that could kill their chances of making it big anyway.
Here’s hoping for lighter webpages, or maybe we would settle for a Doom game on each one of them!