[thelist] Web Page Response Times....

Bob Meetin ontheroad at frii.com
Mon Nov 13 21:47:44 CST 2006

I have been using this for over a year - 

What I said is really is a combination of opinion and generalization, 
some my own experience.  By choice I use a slow broadband connection, 
256k.  It doesn't give the full experience of living on modem, but it 
certainly makes me more empathetic of those who are.  It is very easy to 
design and operate on high speed, but also makes it easy to forget the 
audience.  I have used the eval tool (above) to get some general numbers 
of some extremely high profile ecommerce sites.  The ones in mind 
typically fall somewhere in the 250-350k range.  I've also looked at 
some very well known news sites that come in at around 450-500k.  This 
equates to expresso time for me.

I've seen a number of very small, local businesses with home pages of 
500k to 1000k.  Somewhere in here education and data should be part of 
the equation.

Steven Streight wrote:
> I would like to know how to measure the size of my own blog, relative to
> page loading times and optimizing download speed. Is there also a chart or
> set of guidelines for such evaluations as "900k is a lot for broadband and
> impossible for dial up modems to handle"?
> On 11/13/06, Bob Meetin <ontheroad at frii.com> wrote:
>> Regarding the other discussion, I didn't really get any solid feeding on
>> response times.  I 'guessed' when I said 4 seconds as the patience
>> factor for high speed connections.  8-10 seconds might be acceptable for
>> modem users or even more if they are in dire need of the content.  I
>> looked at a site the other day, the audience should be a range of local
>> viewers (small local biz).  Currently the home page is over 900K, mostly
>> due to 2 images (one a transitional .gif of over 500k).  Seems
>> borderline for broadband and impossible for modem.  No median, no
>> balance.     -Bob

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