Smashing Magazine is a well-known, long running, industry magazine that’s evolved from listicles to in-depth articles over the years. A few years ago they did a big responsive redesign. We have a look at how it’s doing in terms of Front-end performance.
- Google’s PageSpeedInsight: 99/100 on mobile and desktop
- Webaim’s WAVE: 2 errors and 63 alert
- WebPageTest on Motorola G, Chrome, 3G: SpeedIndex of 4539, 4724 on repeat view
- pretty great results on PSI, WAVE, and WPT!
- lots of image requests, quite a lot of JS requests.
Generally speaking, the Smashing Magazine site is doing well on performance: they’re even using ServiceWorkers to cache a bunch of resources, which is great! It would be good to try and reduce the number of HTTP requests: currently about 55 images and 9 JS files. The images could be sprited and the JS files could be combined.
Published on 1st July 2016.
Steve Barnett (@maxbarners) and Justin Slack (@justin_r_slack)
CTFEDs Organising Team