Baselining

To begin, we are going to use the metrics highlighted on WebPageTest.org.

Running a test there, we see a few things that stand out:

Timing

  • Load Time: 4.438s
  • TTFB (First Byte): 0.968s
  • Start Render: 2.589s
  • Speed Index: 2636

Total weight of the page was 0.99 Megs; which makes the home page actually pretty expensive as far as downloading on a mobile device.

Luckily our hosting provider has done somethings to help our performance out of the box. They have allowed keep-alive and compress files for transfer. This is good. It gives us a few “A”s.

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Clearly we have our work cut out for us as far as time to first byte. Let’s start there.