Weren't websites always fast?
It was acceptable to the user that the page content was always slow, mainly because most users used a 56 K modem dialing up to their Internet Service Provider (ISP). The screech of beeps alerted the user to the connection process. Then, suddenly, the user was notified on their desktop that a connection had been made and then promptly opened the default web browser, depending on whether it was Internet Explorer 4 on Windows 95 or Netscape Navigator on a NeXTStep machine. The process was the same, as was the 2 minutes and 42 seconds it took to make a sandwich, waiting for HotBot to load.
As time moved on, users experienced Google, and then suddenly, page speed and load times seemed to grab more users' attention, though, even today, the plain Google theme on the main Google search site allows for speedy download of the full site's code. This was regardless of the Internet connection, a whole 1.36 seconds, as indicated by Safari's Timeline tool, shown in the following screenshot, giving us a clear indication of which resources were downloaded the fastest and which ones were the slowest.
In the following screenshot, we show you a website's download speed using Safari's Web Inspector: