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Attached a random and non-exhaustive list of statistical indicators and curiosities on worldwide universities websites.

1 most popular web server technology
2 average university home page size
3 average domain lenght
4 average university home page Page Rank
5 average University home page Traffic Rank


Have fun comparing your university website with the rest of the world.
Comments and suggestions are welcome.

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I find it absolutely amazing (and a bit difficult to believe) that the average size of a college home page is nearly 30 megabytes (29,048Kb). Especially since I just checked the site that has the weightiest home page according to the survey and found that, rather than having a home page that's 1042263Kb, it actually has a home page that's 1.12 megabytes (which equates to 1,146.88Kb, not 1,042,263Kb). Still, though, over a meg for a home page is absolutely outrageous.

I do not find it surprising at all that there are quite a few colleges that have home pages larger than 100Kb. 150-250Kb seems to be pretty standard for sites that actually contain information (i.e. not Google's home page).

I also find it disturbing that the compilers of the report seem to have automatically assumed that everyone running an apache Web server is doing so on a Linux box (they certainly didn't provide statistics to back that up). I certainly don't doubt that the overwhelming majority of apache users are running it on a Linux or Unix machine, but those are the types of assumptions that should not be made when presenting official findings.
Curtiss,

Thanks for your contribution and error reporting. This is just a draft (not an official finding or publication) and may contain errors. Any suggestion for improvement is welcome, especially if not confrontational.

29,048 Kb is obviously a mistake and should be read 29,048 bytes

Only 120 out of 9008 Universities have an home page larger than 100kb, so it is pretty uncommon. Best practice is to spread information across several pages and limit the size of each page for low speed internet users. Most of the time the size of the homepage is blown up by using unoptimized images and graphics.

According to our data a very small percentage of Apache users are running on windows. I might try to analyse further the data to see what OS are used.

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