The Importance of HTTP
So I was visiting a popular news website recently. I was looking for one article, a short article, that I was going to read and then be on my way. I figured my entire visit to this site would last about 30 seconds.
Unfortunately, the time it took for this page to load was over 50 seconds.
And here’s what kills me: the web page itself was less than a single megabyte in size. It should not have taken 50+ seconds to load. It shouldn’t have taken even 5 seconds to load. So I opened up handly ol’ Firebug.
Yeah. It was that bad.
Which brings me to my point. HTTP requests are underrated. I know that I, for one, wouldn’t struggle over the decision to put another image on my site, mainly because one image doesn’t make much of a difference. But it does make a difference, a very large one, after you do that several (or several hundred) times. So my call to all of you web designers/developers out there is merely this: combine your stuff. It really isn’t that hard. In ten years I really don’t want to see any websites with 200 http requests, because it’s just silly, and we should know better. And we do know better. And that’s all.