Keeping Web sites light

Blogging minister (or ministering blogger) and friend Victoria Weinstein — PeaceBang — noted that she posted only a few pictures from her sabbatical visit in Romania because of the cost of bandwidth.

This truth cuts both ways: heavyweight Web sites take a long time to download when the connection is slow. And if the connection is expensive, then you’re costing your readers money. Or, more practically, writing off readers.

If you have a significant readership outside North America — perhaps also Western Europe — or want to, you need to have a site that makes the most of bandwidth, and not assume their service will catch up.

Such a site needn’t be ugly. Indeed, the structure implied in a good low-bandwidth site is more likely to make the site more elegant.

For implementation ideas, I recommend Aptivate’s Web Guidelines for Low Bandwidth.

2 Replies to “Keeping Web sites light”

  1. The most horrible example is mapquest automatically loading hugh satellite pix I don’t want. 56k deathmarch.

  2. The weird thing is that my photos uploaded four times faster in Nicaragua than in, say, Greece or Turkey. I would have thought that Nicaragua would be more expensive and slower, right? Or not?

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