What’s Making Our Websites Slow? We Are!
This is the blog post that accompanies a talk I gave at WordCamp Seattle in 2019. You can see the slides here. The video of the talk is up on WordPress.tv
Additionally, the HTTP Archive Web Almanac was published around the same time so I’ve also interspersed some of the insights from that report since they dovetail really nicely.
Providing excellent context for this post, the CMS chapter shows how sites built with a Content Management System (and WordPress sites comprise almost 75% of those in the report) tend to:
- be more bloated with heavier page weights
- use more 3rd party resources
- use heavier images
Additionally it reported that WordPress sites tend to have slower performance metrics.
Now this is not really the fault of WordPress itself, it’s really due to what we site owners have done.
While it’s possible to build bloated pages and use techniques to make them seem fast, that shouldn’t be the goal. Let’s just build lighter pages to begin with!