Website programming is never done: like painting a big bridge, as soon as you finish you go back to the other end and start over. I am perpetually catching up to new technologies. And so I’ve just been through another phase of boosting page speed, and PainScience.com is now getting an A+ for most pages, which is not easy to do. Some highlights…
Images and embedded YouTube videos now load lazily so readers don’t have to download every picture on every page they visit — just the ones they scroll down to. It’s a big thrill (I am easily amused) to feel free to use bigger, snazzier pictures, knowing that they will be downloaded only by the people who actually read that far — and not by the 90% who just scan the first screenful and then bounce away.
Related: YouTube videos have also been stopped from using trackers. And I’m gearing up to replace Google Analytics with Fathom (“Fast, simple and privacy-focused website analytics”) for the same reason.
Some huuuuge lists of updates have been exported to archives for that purpose rather than bloating the pages they’re on. For whatever it’s worth, there’s now also a dedicated page for the massive list of nearly 2000 updates I’ve logged since about 2016. That’s a lotta updates.
PainScience.com average page speed 2018-2020
The “bad” old days weren’t really bad compared to many bloated modern websites. PainScience.com was pretty fast even when it was slow.