In the rush to create web applications and sites that look snazzy and are functional, something that often gets overlooked is basic user experience in regards to performance. Here are some questions to ask:
There is a very handy (and free) website called GTMetrix.com which will not only do an EXTREME thorough analysis of your website performance but also give a list of very specific recommendations to review and implement. Regarding WHO should be implementing these, it depends. In the example of a WordPress (or similar CMS) website:
As a rule of thumb, we recommend targetting for these scores:
The feature image above is an example of the current GTmetrix report for our https://wwwdev.craftypenguins.net website. We have recently put effort into optimizing our WordPress website and are kind of proud of the result. The website feels much more responsive! If you look at the detailed report, there are a few recommendations remaining. We have left them since in our case, they require too much effort and won’t really shave much time off of the Fully Loaded Time.
Check out the GT Metrix FAQ as well, especially the top few questions:
Take the test now! It’s free, and no login required even. They do have paid accounts as well for more scheduled ongoing monitoring. Note – we are not affiliated with GT Metrix at all and earn nothing through this recommendation. Our only goal is to provide some education and value to you.