Frugal Web Browser

A design experiment exploring the concept
of a performance-focused web browser.

All designs are rendered in pure HTML & CSS.

Page weight warnings to protect your data caps.

Websites have become extremely bloated over the years but most users across the globe still rely on slow internet connections and small data transfer limits. Built-in page weight warnings can help users better decide if they should visit a website.

The Frugal Browser would give users the option to enable a warning for sites exceeding the set default (1MB or less). The browser would crawl and index most sites overtime, so the user wouldn't sacrifice their own data just to see the page weight.

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Frugal Settings

Page Weight Warning

Our last records show this web page - https://newyorker.com - weighs in at roughly 6MB. That is 6 times larger than the average web page.

Do you still wish to proceed?

JavaScript disabled by default.

Websites should only be using JavaScript to enhance the overall user experience. If a web page fails to load properly with the absence of any scripts, then that site is poorly optimized and deserves to be ignored*. Any users who still need to enable JavaScript can do so from the main Settings Menu.

* Web apps tend to be an exception to this rule

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Frugal Settings

Goodbye ads and trackers.

No one enjoys third-party advertisements. So, block them. The Frugal Browser would ship with very strict ad-block extensions enabled by default. Additional extensions could also be added manually.

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Frugal Settings

This is an annoying advertisement that just gets in the way and makes this website slower!

Text-only mode - for those extreme use cases.

Users could set the "text-only" mode (similar to a "Reader Mode" in other browsers) on a per website basis or global across all pages.

This would create the ability to swap out the more "visual" default of the browser to something more text-based, similar to Lynx.

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Text-Only Mode