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    Is there an upper limit to the size of a good website?

    Is there a limit that one should not go over? What do you think should be the maximum size of a webpage's code (say, 500KB or so?) Note: I said webPAGE, not webSITE.

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    Code is usually not as much of an issue as images, but ultimately it's a factor of how many total bytes split across how many different http requests (i.e. different files), as each http request adds overhead to the process. Just for fun, check out: http://10k.aneventapart.com/
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    With mine, 51--49 images (some used by multiple img tags), 1 stylesheet and 1 script file.

    But the raw HTML code of my page takes up some 401 KB.

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    If you enable compression, the text probably isn't any issue. I might look into whether or not you could use CSS sprites, where you combine separate images into one image file, then only use the part you need in a given usage (often done for things like corners and borders).
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    Interesting articles, but the images (which are colour samples) are all resized by CSS (with the sole exception of the webcounter).
    Last edited by Mr Initial Man; 01-09-2014 at 02:29 PM.

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    The answer to the question in the OP is: whatever is fit for purpose. E.g. A landing page needs to load almost instantly, or the user may navigate away. Whereas a page containing technical information which will only be accessed infrequently may take significantly longer to load.

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    Hm. Point--there is only one reason anyone would visit this particular page: to search for DragonSpeak commands (ssaid page is The Cross-Referenced Catalogue of DragonSpeak Lines

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    ySlow (Firefox extension to Firebug) gives it a grade of "B", which ain't bad.
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    good website because on page optimization and off page optimization.

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