Eco-design : Less is more!

These years the average size of websites has widely increased, with consequences on energy consumption.

According to Wirth law, software slow-down is faster than hardware performance in time. It means that software layers accumulation (often useless), slows down our machines so much that the improvements of hardware (new CPUs, more RAM, more storage capacity) aren’t enough to note any significant performance gain, meanwhile energy consumption skyrockets. Software eco-design is a transversal approach (UX, UI, navigation, code writing, choice of CMS, content role and relevance, optimization, media encoding), able to substantially reduce the environmental impact of your online tools, websites, applications, etc.

IT footprint: how big?

Computers
Network
Servers
Energy
40%
30%
30%
Greenhouse Gas
47%
28%
25%
Resources
60%
20%
20%
Waste
50%
25%
25%
Water
28%
34%
38%

Source : GreenIT.fr - The figures include the manufacture and usage.

Design options, technology, content optimization, CMS sourcing (existing or on-demand)... our team of experts can provide flexible eco-design solutions, from scratch creation, recast, to simply adding new features, following the best practises is the best way to go green. Another quick benefit: by reducing your site’s size, you gain more performance and save your users mobile devices batteries.

This website fits on a floppy disk, and yours ?

Do you remember 1.44MB floppy disks ? A not so far time when software optimization was a necessity due to the lack of storage capacity. Today, we do not count anymore : the average size of a website keeps on growing, saturating datacenters, network and devices. What if your site could get rid of its unnecessary Kilobytes ? Thanks to code eco-design, your site only loads what is needed and you preserve the environment.

Source : Wired - The Average Webpage Is Now the Size of the Original Doom

Sonora Floppy disk

The site you are browsing is only 1.1MB (all graphics included), hard to believe? Yet you just have to follow a few simple rules to reach that result and lower your environmental footprint.

Remove unused code, lighten websites and applications, avoid heavy CMS and databases, use vector images instead of bitmap when possible… these are easy ways to optimize your website and online applications.
More on software eco-design : 115 good practices to boost your site and reduce your footprint - Frédéric Bordage

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