Average Webpage Triples In Size

Aron Schatz
April 28, 2008

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Here is an interesting report on how webpage sizes have increased in size over the years. ASE Labs is also a good example. I was always reluctant to ad features to the front page and such, but now it shows article images, Adnet content blocks, Prototype.js, and other stuff. The first version was straight HTML (no CSS even!). Times have changed.


The size of the average web page has more than tripled since 2003. From 2003 to 2008 the average web page grew from 93.7K to over 312K (see Figure 1), some 233% (Domenech et al. 2007, Flinn & Betcher 2008). During the same five-year period, the number of objects in the average web page nearly doubled from 25.7 to 49.9 objects per page. Longer term statistics show that since 1995 the size of the average web page has increased by 22 times, and the number of objects per page has grown by 21.7 times.


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