How to Reduce Web Page Size


Through Compression


One very important factor in determining the level of optimization of your website is its web page size. This helps to determine the time that it takes to load your website, since major search engines such as Yahoo, Google and MSN are now all beginning to include website load time in their rankings. However, several web developers find it very difficult to determine the web page size that perfectly optimizes their website load time.

This article will talk about some information regarding the average web page size of basic HTML pages and how images and other parts of the website determine these sizes. This information will then help developers to develop guidelines for the web page size of the websites they develop.


One technique that can be invaluable in reducing web page size is GZIP compression, which can greatly enhance the loading time of heavy pages. With efficient compression, even pages that are more than 130K in size can take up to 70% less time to load. In this manner, a lighter web page that has a significantly lower web page size can be displayed on the user’s web browser in no time at all, and it may be expanded later so that users can enjoy the higher quality images as well as all the other features of the web page without any loss in quality.

GZIP compression techniques carry on all this work without any involvement on the part of the web browser, so it offers a discreet yet highly effective solution to keep your web page size from hindering your web page loading times.

You also need to remember that the above information only talks about the size of an average HTML/CSS page, and can only provide a rule of thumb in order to help you determine your web page size. However, as one sees more advancement in web browsers as well as Internet technologies, it is highly likely that it will become easier to deliver even larger sized web pages and files much more efficiently.

Web developer.

Probably the best approach would be for a web developer to test out his or her web page in various browsers available on the market and on a variety of Internet speeds. Right now this is just about the only way to truly test the impact of web page size on website loading times, helping them to create efficient web pages to cater to a wide variety of visitors.