Why are Page Components important? - XSitePro Website Design

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When XSitePro analyzes your page content one of the checks it runs is to assess the breakdown of your page's content. The reason this information can be useful and important to you is that it can highlight both a deficiency in terms of content-mix and also potentially can flag up page overhead (file-size) issues. This information is delivered in a snap-shot form in the Page Analysis summary screen.

 

When we look at our page components, we are considering the following issues:

 

 

Overall Page Size - Is this page excessively large? Will it be slow to load?

 

Text Content Size - Of the overall page size, how much is attributable to text content

 

Image Content Size - Of the overall page size, how much is attributable to image content (so, if your page is large, you can identify where the fault lies)

 

Number of Headings - Have you made good and proper use of headings in your page, to help visitors digest your content?

 

Number of Images / Alt-Tags -How many images feature on this page? Do the images all have Alt-tags?

 

Number of links - How many links are featured on this page?

 

 

 

It is interesting to note the below indicators for some of the world's leading sites. The table shows what the page file size is and an approximate number of images on the home page for each site. This may serve as an useful benchmark in checking your own page component summary data.

 

Web site

Home Page File Size

Images on Home Page

Amazon.com

94KB

40

AOL.com

85KB

41

Google.com

11KB

1

Microsoft.com

89KB

14

Yahoo.com

10KB

3

Average*

58KB

20

 

*You may want to aim slightly higher than the average since the figures for Google and Yahoo are of course exceptionally low. Ideally your page file size should not exceed 100KB and shouldn't have more than 30 images, subject to the nature of your site's content.

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