Yottaa Expert Eval – OhioHigherEd.org Web Performance Review
Each Friday Yottaa CTO Bob Buffone digs into the data and evaluates the web performance of a new website. Recommend a site for next week?s Expert Eval in the comments below or @Yottaa on Twitter! #ExpertEval]
This week I am looking at the OhioHigherEd.org, a website built on the Drupal platform. Overall the site is well-optimized, but, as with all websites, there are certain areas with potential for improvement.
Another area for optimization lies in the images of the website. The complexity report shows that the image file loads 1.2MB of image content. That’s a lot. So I investigated the images themselves. The waterfall chart on Yottaa’s Page Load page for OhioHigherEd.org shows that several of the images are rather large: two are over 200KB in size, three are over 100KB, and five are over 50KB. There are a couple issues with these larger images.
One issue is that the largest image, weighing in at 215KB, is not correctly sized. The image being downloaded is larger than is required for the webpage’s appearance, and thus more bytes are being downloaded than are needed. Below is the image displayed at its normal size, next to the image as it appears on the site.
Another issue I found pertains to an image that is a sprite containing all of the site’s social media icons. Sprites are usually a good way to combine images for optimization purposes, but in this case it’s problematic. That’s because only 5 social media images are displayed on the site, but there are 116 social media websites that have icons embedded in this image. Why load all those icons if nobody is seeing them?
Web Performance – Always Room for Improvement
As I’ve hopefully made clear, even a site that looks great and loads less than 60 assets has room for improvement. Speed is a very important aspect of any website, and it deserves frequent, if not constant, attention.
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