The Web is getting slower2015-06-17 10:09 by Daniela
According to recent data by HTTP Archive, the Internet is getting slower. There are several factors that cause the slowdown.
One of them is the average size of a website. Nowadays it is nearly double what it was three years ago. This is due to bulky videos and pictures that comprise a website.
Embedded tracking tools also contribute to the problem. They not only make a site bulkier, but require separate data fetching requests, and all that takes time. Online traffic is up too, thanks to mobile devices and that slows things down. In fact, the slowdown is just a matter of seconds, but since the internet is part of everyday life, every second matters.
"The shift from desktop to mobile requests and consumption have had the biggest impact on website performance," said Craig Adams, VP of Web experience products at Akamai, a content delivery network that services 15% to 30% of all online traffic daily.
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