Web Simplicity: Small and Fast is Beautiful

Modern web is beyond broken.

Even the simplest websites are becoming performance, privacy and accessibility nightmares.
And it's only getting worse.

Page bloat

Let's take a look at homepages of some popular websites:

SitePage SizeJavaScriptCSSImagesTTIScore
cnn.com8.96 MB
349 requests
4.01 MB
107 requests
120.58 KB
4 requests
3.95 MB
66 requests
48.0 s11
nytimes.com3.24 MB
192 requests
2.02 MB
61 requests
88.87 KB
12 requests
498.28 KB
30 requests
29.8 s18
ebay.com1.32 MB
129 requests
418.23 KB
29 requests
22.87 KB
3 requests
667.94 KB
60 requests
13.5 s47
amazon.com1.55 MB
283 requests
219.95 KB
15 requests
48.94 KB
8 requests
974.09 KB
175 requests
12.5 s60
aliexpress.com2.37 MB
99 requests
390.66 KB
26 requests
17.23 KB
5 requests
1.83 MB
41 requests
10.0 s42
reddit.com1.37 MB
78 requests
533.82 KB
18 requests
1.71 KB
1 request
691.2 KB
40 requests
10.2 s28

Beside the obvious page size problem, TTI (Time To Interactive) is also a huge problem - a lot of websites take way too much time to become interactive (usable). This problem is more pronounced on mobile phones and other slower devices.

See full list for more.

Awesome small and fast websites

Selected sites:

SitePage SizeJavaScriptCSSImagesTTIScore
news.ycombinator.com11.73 KB
6 requests
2.09 KB
1 request
2.11 KB
1 request
1.19 KB
3 requests
1.2 s98
teddit.net146.73 KB
21 requests
0 bytes
0 requests
9.17 KB
2 requests
126.19 KB
18 requests
1.3 s92
terbium.io28.71 KB
5 requests
0 bytes
0 requests
3.87 KB
2 requests
1.43 KB
1 request
0.8 s100
nintil.com65.74 KB
8 requests
24.63 KB
3 requests
9.62 KB
1 request
0 bytes
0 requests
1.9 s98
php.watch177.33 KB
12 requests
13.31 KB
1 request
9.06 KB
1 request
135.37 KB
8 requests
1.6 s98
kmarkiv.com35.17 KB
9 requests
20.83 KB
2 requests
3.01 KB
1 request
5.44 KB
3 requests
1.8 s98

See full list for more.

Quick tips on making the web a better place

Debloat your website and make it accessible


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