Size Matters: March 3-Screen Shootout takes a look (Part 3)
By Aaron Rudger | March 28, 2014
Does size matter? It does when it comes to website performance. Being fast is good. And bigger is not better. When you look at the best and worst performing sites across three screens, you quickly notice that there is a direct correlation with the heaviest sites performing the worst. When we look at Sports Media sites, the song remains the same:
For the past five days, CBS Sports was the fastest Sports Media site for the desktop user, averaging only 2.78 seconds. Sports Illustrated was the slowest averaging 7.39 sec
Bytes Downloaded:The fastest site, CBS Sports, was the lightest at 1.5MB while Yahoo! Sports averaged a huge 8.19MB.
CBS Sports was the fastest on the tablet as well, averaging only 2.54 seconds. Sports Illustrated was more than twice as slow averaging 5.37 seconds.
Bytes Downloaded: Yahoo! Sports managed to be light and keep their size consistently around their 1.28MB average. While being light was not enough for Yahoo! Sports, Sports Illustrated sealed their performance fate averaging nearly 4.5MB.
ESPN had the best performing smartphone site, averaging only 15.73 seconds. Sports Illustrated was the slowest averaging 42.03 sec.
Bytes Downloaded:ESPN averaged a page size of only 295KB. Sports Illustrated sent an average of more than 5.2MB over the inherently slower mobile network. That’s a size that exceeds best practices for networks of any speed.