• 30th June 2018

How big is too big?

How big is too big?

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No laughing… this is about page size of your website.  “How big is too big… for my page?“… yes.  Think of it this way, if you wanted someone to email you some information about their company, would you expect a document of maybe 500kb, 2mb, maybe 5mb for a big brochure – or would you want an enormous 20-35mb document that won’t even send through their email system?

It’s a long question, but it’s the result of websites we are finding quite often now.  People just don’t think about it, and why would they?  With Fibre and Broadband speeds the way they are, you have a website built (or build it yourself) and you see that it downloads.  You don’t consider how long it takes to download, nor what search engines *consider* when scanning your website.

Why is a big website page size bad?

Google (and others of course) consider that a website page is paramount to customer experience.  There is more to it than that, but that is the basic understanding.  If you are on a 3G connection and you are downloading a 30mb page, it will take a long time.  Think about your customer – do you want them to be waiting and waiting for your page to load.  Images to load up one by one… 20, 30 or so images, all loading up.  It’s not a good time to have.

website page sizeWhat is a good size website page?

Great question we feel, and the answer is…. low.  We have had ecommerce pages with banners and promos that are under 3.5mb.  But also pages around 4.5mb.  This we feel is acceptable.  We have website pages on our site that are under 2mb, and they rank extremely well, but the problem is, what if your page is a GALLERY.

The bulk of the site of a Gallery page is in the images, but a good website will show “thumbnail” images, and then the full size when you click on them.  Otherwise, if each images is 300-3mb, and you have 10 – 20 images, then your page size will be sky high.

This is all stuff to think about when creating a page… but then there is one final BIG QUESTION…

website page sizeHow do I test the size of my page?

Really easy.  Visit https://www.gtmetrix.com.  Enter your website address, and Analyze.  It will take a minutes to maybe more, and at the end you will see a report. In big numbers at the top will be the page size.  What’s yours?

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We understand and agree that if you have a business you need to be on the web.  If you are in Lincolnshire, contact us to get your business on the web.  We are here to get your website created online, with the most precise SEO and technical expertise to keep your business working perfect for your customers on their phones and PCs.


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