Nat TaylorBlog, Web Design & East Boston

Why is this site so p̶l̶a̶i̶n̶ fast?

This site is designed to be fast and as a consequence it’s very plain. Fast and great looking aren’t mutually exclusive, but plain (ugly to some) is simple, and I like that because today’s web is just so bloated and slow.

At just 1,956 bytes (transfer size) and a single HTTP request, the compressed homepage easily fits into the TCP Initial Congestion Window (explanation) thus minimizing the impact of poor latency mobile connections — and the browser paints the page in about 1 millisecond. Of course this all barely matters with HTTP2, fast CPUs and an audience with mostly great connections, but still!

If you open the DevTools, you can see all this as evidenced by the screenshot below.

This site is built with WordPress, so there are other crucial factors to the speed too, like Time-To-First-Byte (TTFB) which is minimized via caching (which is reported by the x-litespeed-cache header.)

The SSL connection overhead is often the slowest part, but I don’t have much control over that.

Fast loading.