Text-Only Websites Are Fast

Sijmen J. Mulder has a wonderful directory of websites composed with simple, marked up, hyperlinked text. These sites load quickly, scroll smoothly and spare your battery if you’re on a mobile device.

For example, the full CNN site uses 13.4 MB of data, makes 426 requests and loads in 3.53 seconds. In contrast, CNN Lite uses 486 kB of data, makes 9 requests and loads in 530 milliseconds.

There are some great light sites on Mulder’s list including Pinboard and the blog of Pinboard’s founder Maciej Cegłowski. Try them. They load lickety-split.

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