Web pages bloat 25 per cent in a year

According to a report by Pingdom, web pages have grown at an astonishing rate over the past 12 months. The website monitoring company examined data from the HTTP Archive, looking at assets related to the top 1,000 sites in November this year and last. It found that over the past year the average size of a web page grew from 626 to 784kB.

Drilling down into the report, it appears every major type of content has grown, but there are two main culprits: images and scripts. While the jump in image sizes isn't massive from a percentage standpoint (21.2, according to the report, which is less than the leap in CSS), the previous average means that the overall size has risen sharply, from 372 to 451 kB. JavaScript saw the fastest growth, though, up almost 50 per cent, from 103 to 149 kB.

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