As website developers we often get consumed by speed of delivery. However, we can often overlook what it costs for people to actually visit our website (the size of the home page). I came across THIS TOOL that evaluates the cost of a visit to your website in various parts of the world via the cheapest mobile data plans available in each country (best case scenario). The results can be quite surprising. One site I checked recently (an image intense site) clocked up a cost of over $1.26 in Canada, and that’s before anyone started clicking page links to other parts of the site.
I found it quite interesting that the most expensive site visits involve countries where there is supposed to be a modern mobile network offered at cheap rates. The results show that the least likely countries (maybe some considered third world) have some of the cheapest data costs, whilst countries such as Canada, Japan, Switzerland China and a fair few EU countries have some of the most expensive costs.
It’s also interesting that the Global Median for web pages is about 2 mb. This seems to give a reasonable cost per page visit , so it could act as a good benchmark to aim for.
Anyway, check it out and find out what it costs people to visit your web page.