When can a site be larger than 1MB?

Original author: David Bushell
When a new site appears at a popular company, you can have two reactions: from praises like “It's adaptive!” And “It's wonderful!” To criticism like “Doesn't work in IE 9”, “Greater than 1Mb! As is customary on the Internet, our opinion is bifurcated and becomes unconditional.

The first reaction to the new Majora's Mask 3DS website was just that.

The site is very large. In full screen at a resolution of 1920 × 1080, I downloaded only 2.5MB of pictures. All together weighs more than 3MB, not counting the video that started to load (60MB, until I stopped it).

I will not argue that the site Majora's Mask is good for the user, because I did not look under the hood. I just want to pay attention to the fact that it can and quite acceptable to create sites weighing more than 1MB. Although there is still an opinion that after this treasured figure the site is waiting for failure.

You can always find scientific studies that show how deadly a long download is for your site. It's no secret that users do not like to wait.

But here's the thing: these general data are simply misleading. Not all sites are created on an equal footing. In this case, users will not go anywhere else: for new and old buyers who are interested in Nintendo / Zelda, there is no alternative and often they do not go to them.

Could this be an excuse? Often I endure bad and uncomfortable sites, which have no alternatives (state sites are recalled).

Nevertheless, I do not agree that from the very beginning of development, size is bad.

It is difficult to convey the visual component of the same Majora's Mask without a lot of content. How to help the user remember his childhood, how can his imagination run wild with a dull flat design?

A long download is worth it.

For the same reason, Apple wins a few megabytes with its pages. Buyers stand in line for hours, when they can go to the next door and buy a Windows Phone device there.

But there are few such sites, and they are difficult to find. However, they will only benefit if, upon detection of a slow connection, they provide light versions, making information available. And when there is high speed, it would be foolish not to use it.

In any case, if you download important content and styles first, by late loading important material so that the user gets access to the main functionality of the site, then the number of megabytes downloaded is not the best indicator. Stop blindly judging by it about the quality of development!

I want to say again: statistics can be misleading and mistaken, just as the overall use of browsers around the world means nothing for one particular site.

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