Mobile web isn’t the only thing taking a hit. Radware’s Spring 2013 State of the Union – a look at page speed and web performance – found that internet performance is getting worse. Here are some key findings from Radware:
- Load times have increased by 22% in just one year. The median load time for a first-time visitor to a home page in the Alexa Retail 2000 was 7.25 seconds, compared to the median of 5.94 seconds recorded in December 2011.
- Top retailers underperformed the rest of the pack. The median top 100 site had a load time of 8.23 seconds, 14% slower than the overall median load time of 7.25 seconds. Top sites are also slowing down at a faster rate: 28% compared to 22% for the top 2,000 sites.
- Firefox outperformed Chrome and Internet Explorer. With a median load time of 6.64 seconds, Firefox was 8.4% faster than Internet Explorer 9, which had a median load time of 7.25 seconds. More significantly, we noted that median load times have slowed down for all three browsers. This suggests that, despite the huge performance leaps made by browser vendors, development cannot keep pace with the demands placed by ever-growing and increasingly complex web pages
Based on historical trends, we expected to see some degradation in page load time; this has been the trend since 2010, when this set of sites was initially measured. We did not, however, expect to see such a dramatic performance decline.