The Lean Webby Ryan Wilson
Have you noticed that even though it is now the “futuristic” year of 2022, the web seems slower than ever? (At least, much of the time). What is going on? When I first started using the web back in the “early days” of 1996, I distinctly recall sites loading nearly instantaneously on cable or DSL connections. Now, in 2022, too often sites chug along for sometimes 30 seconds before being able to even scroll down the page a bit. Even an extra 10 seconds is really noticeable. Clearly something has changed to cause this, despite more than two decades of progress in both technology and development.
First, I want to say that this is a pretty big generalization I am making. Nevertheless, hear me out and see if things can be improved, at least incrementally. Back in 1996, browsers were “primitive” compared to what is available now, and the only things being loaded were text and graphics, such as photos or simple animation. Video was not used much because the file sizes were too large, and the quality was inconsistent, at best.