Another performance-optimized website rebuild from a ThemeForest template Theme to an open source WordPress Theme.
El Centro de la Raza provides 43 programs and services in 9 different service areas for children, youth, families and seniors around King County. The website features a new events calendar, language translation, and more dynamic program content in a more accessible Theme. The Gutenberg Block Editor provides more streamlined editing, with a plethora of layout and design options for content contributors.
Scope of Work
- Accessibility Consulting
- Branding & Visual Design
- Content Migration
- Performance Optimization
- Search Engine Optimization
- Security Hardening
- WordPress Theme Development
- WordPress Training & Consulting
Page load speed significantly improved since 2022. By reducing overall page size 88%, from 11.5 Mb to 1.4 Mb, and reducing web server requests 19% from 64 to 52, average mobile page loads have improved from ~11 to ~3 seconds.
Before & After Performance Comparison
|Performance Metric||Old Website||New Website|
|Google Lighthouse: Accessibility||88/100||98/100|
|Google Lighthouse: Best Practices||92/100||92/100|
|Google Lighthouse: Mobile Speed||39/100||87/100|
|Google Lighthouse: Desktop Speed||54/100||99/100|
|Google Lighthouse: Search Engine Optimization||79/100||77/100|
|WebPageTest Speed Index||10.729||3.024|
|Total Homepage File Size||11.5 Mb (10.1 Mb Images + 853 Kb Scripts + 136 Kb CSS + 31 Kb Other + 42 Kb Fonts + 42 Kb HTML)||1.366 Mb (1 Mb Images + 239 Kb Scripts + 123 Kb CSS + 22 Kb HTML)|
|Total Web Server Requests||64 (18 Images + 18 Scripts + 14 CSS + 10 Other + 4 HTML)||52 (13 Images + 14 Scripts + 22 CSS + 1 Other + 2 HTML)|
|Estimated Mobile Homepage Load Time||~11 seconds||~3 seconds|
WebPageTest Speed Index: median = ~3.591; top 10% = <1.388
In 2022, 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.
Visual Design: Pixel Lighthouse
WordPress Theme Development: Scott Marlow