Sustainable web designing

“Go Green” is the slogan clamored by several environmental leaders. Some of the industries (Automotive, Telecommunication and Construction) have a set of emission standards to conform to. However, a recent study on the carbon footprint of the internet has blown several environmentalists out of the water. Almost 830 million tons of CO2 is produced by the internet, and the figure is expected to duplicate by 2020. In such dire times, the need to introduce sustainability in web designing cannot be ignored.

At present, close to 40% of the total amount of internet’s carbon footprint has been due web designers, creating energy-demanding websites. Witnessing a high-res image on a website is alluring, although it insidiously eats a lot of energy. Now is the time to introduce eco-friendly web design and development services. To bring sustainable web designing, it is prominent to know the basics.

What is carbon footprint for web?

The amount of energy consumed by a car is measured by the kilometers it runs per liter. Likewise, a webpage’s energy consumption pattern is determined by the amount of data it downloads. A paper published in 2008 defined that it nearly takes 13 kWh for transferring 1 GB data. If same amount of energy is spent by a power plant, then it will emit close to 7 kg of carbon dioxide equivalent. Such alarming facts have motivated many web development houses to trim the design of websites they create.

Steps that need to be taken:

  • Create a lean, green website – An average website’s page needs 1.4 MB of data to be downloaded. However, this is just a basic figure. Nowadays, the netizens demand fancy bells and whistles in a websites. However, every web development company Delhi NCR must budget the page size. A specific size of webpage must be decided, which should be complied with come what may.
  • Introduce content – Whenever tweaking of webpage (generally carried out to reduce its size) has to be done then rely on textual images. The web designer can also replace the video with lightweight, interactive images.
  • Create an interactive design – Strict to a page size that is feasible. If the client gets data hungry, then let each webpage have six moveable images; the images can be moved with a lean java code that will not take much space.

Harbouring the current power crunches, Website Development India should be overhauled; such modernizing will come by creating a sustainable website.


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