The new Project Enhance WordPress site features an integrated members-only content area for fitness instructors and affiliates across 43 states. Benchmarks across all measurable areas have improved significantly. Overall page size has reduced 93% from 6.5 Mb to < 500 Kb; web server requests have reduced 69% from 59 to 18. These improvements result in page load speeds less than 3 seconds.
|Performance Metric||Old (Divi) WordPress Theme||New Custom-Branded WordPress Theme|
|Google Lighthouse: Accessibility||88/100||100/100|
|Google Lighthouse: Best Practices||75/100||92/100|
|Google Lighthouse: Mobile Speed||47/100||96/100|
|Google Lighthouse: Desktop Speed||64/100||99/100|
|Google Lighthouse: Search Engine Optimization||82/100||90/100|
|WebPageTest Speed Index||6.121||2.008|
|Homepage File Size||6.46 Mb (6.06 Mb Images + 205 Kb Scripts + 239 Kb CSS +100 Kb Fonts + Kb HTML)||484 Kb (302 Kb Images + 3 Kb Scripts + 33 Kb CSS + 149 Kb Fonts + 8 Kb HTML)|
|Web Server Requests||59 (16 Images + 17 Scripts + 19 CSS + 5 Fonts + 2 HTML)||18 (7 Images + 2 Scripts + 6 CSS + 2 Fonts + 1 HTML)|
|Homepage Load Time||~6.1 seconds||~2 seconds|
WebPage Test Speed Index: median = ~3.591; top 10% = <1.388
In 2021, the average page size = ~2.4 Mb and median page size = ~2.1 Mb.
Database-driven websites, like WordPress, are more performance optimized when server requests are < 40 – 60.
Other site updates and improvements include:
More readable content with font sizes > 16 pixels and reduced line widths; keyboard-navigable menu with skip to content link for screen readers; custom-branded browser favicon; improved security, including bruteforce protection.
Project Enhance is a collaboration between Sound Generations, University of Washington and Group Health Cooperative (now Kaiser Permanente).