In the last hour I checked the size of the front page of six news web sites using http://analyze.websiteoptimization.com. Here are the results:
- Fairfax’s Stuff – 1.7MB
- The New Zealand Herald – 450Kb
- The Sydney Morning Herald – 940Kb
- The Australian – 874Kb
- Radio New Zealand News – 88Kb
- ABC News Radio – 294Kb
So you can read the Radio New Zealand News page 200 times and still download less data than a single read of Stuff.
While these numbers may not be important if you’ve got broadband and an unlimited download plan, they make a huge difference when you are on the end of a slow link or paying through the nose for each megabyte of data.
None of the sites attempted to show one of those awful TV style advertisements during this test. I hate to think what they might add to the totals.
Update: The National Business Review weighs in at 398Kb.