Page Load Speed

Web Development

Updated Jan 21st, 2021

Here is an article that talks about the importance of page load speed and every kilobyte of data it takes for your site to load. WordPress, Shared Hosting, Elementor, Plugins, Fontawesome.

Everything aspect of the website needs to be seen through the lens of page speed.

So much to learn in this area

lighthouse is a tool that has been mentioned many times as an industry standard. Performance and Accessibility Google’s core web vitals.

Lighthouse is an open-source, automated tool for improving the quality of web pages. You can run it against any web page, public or requiring authentication. It has audits for performance, accessibility, progressive web apps, SEO and more. You can run Lighthouse in Chrome DevTools, from the command line, or as a Node module. You give Lighthouse a URL to audit, it runs a series of audits against the page, and then it generates a report on how well the page did.


heroku app tested on gtmetrix and wow!


Three seconds is apparently the magic number to get under.

Back in May 2018 I tested out a fresh install of WordPress on a Powweb shared hosting environment with the free “affinity” theme and ran a test on Pingdom (search limit reached after only three searches which is why I now use gtmetrix). Results were a load time of 1 second for the 1MB page size read faster than 85% of sites. But the performance grade was still a 65 D and some of the failures included the following: Leverage browser caching (grade: 3/100) | Specify a Vary: Accept-Encoding header (6/100) | Remove query strings from static resources (12/100).

The caching plugins recommended by GTMetrix are WP Fastest Cache and, if that doesn’t work, WP Super Cache.