Report Summary

  • 20

    Performance

    Renders faster than
    38% of other websites

  • 100

    Accessibility

    Visual factors better than
    that of 97% of websites

  • 75

    Best Practices

    More advanced features
    available than in
    36% of websites

  • 100

    SEO

    Google-friendlier than
    95% of websites

digital.gov

Digital.gov — Guidance on building better digital services in government

Page Load Speed

4.8 sec in total

First Response

54 ms

Resources Loaded

3.5 sec

Page Rendered

1.2 sec

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Key Findings

We analyzed Digital.gov page load time and found that the first response time was 54 ms and then it took 4.7 sec to load all DOM resources and completely render a web page. This is a poor result, as 65% of websites can load faster.

Performance Metrics

digital.gov performance score

20

Measured Metrics

name

value

score

weighting

FCP (First Contentful Paint)

Value4.4 s

16/100

10%

LCP (Largest Contentful Paint)

Value8.1 s

2/100

25%

SI (Speed Index)

Value8.0 s

22/100

10%

TBT (Total Blocking Time)

Value6,800 ms

0/100

30%

CLS (Cumulative Layout Shift)

Value0.006

100/100

15%

TTI (Time to Interactive)

Value13.6 s

11/100

10%

Network Requests Diagram

digital.gov

54 ms

digital.gov

241 ms

gtm.js

75 ms

styles.css

372 ms

dbf359f887.js

49 ms

Our browser made a total of 84 requests to load all elements on the main page. We found that 48% of them (40 requests) were addressed to the original Digital.gov, 7% (6 requests) were made to Kit-free.fontawesome.com and 6% (5 requests) were made to Github.com. The less responsive or slowest element that took the longest time to load (1.9 sec) belongs to the original domain Digital.gov.

Page Optimization Overview & Recommendations

Page size can be reduced by 276.1 kB (73%)

Content Size

379.3 kB

After Optimization

103.2 kB

In fact, the total size of Digital.gov main page is 379.3 kB. This result falls beyond the top 1M of websites and identifies a large and not optimized web page that may take ages to load. 75% of websites need less resources to load and that’s why Accessify’s recommendations for optimization and resource minification can be helpful for this project. CSS take 231.7 kB which makes up the majority of the site volume.

HTML Optimization

-80%

Potential reduce by 68.1 kB

  • Original 84.9 kB
  • After minification 79.1 kB
  • After compression 16.9 kB

HTML content can be minified and compressed by a website’s server. The most efficient way is to compress content using GZIP which reduces data amount travelling through the network between server and browser. HTML code on this page is well minified. It is highly recommended that content of this web page should be compressed using GZIP, as it can save up to 68.1 kB or 80% of the original size.

Image Optimization

-21%

Potential reduce by 1.8 kB

  • Original 8.7 kB
  • After minification 6.9 kB

Image size optimization can help to speed up a website loading time. The chart above shows the difference between the size before and after optimization. Obviously, Digital needs image optimization as it can save up to 1.8 kB or 21% of the original volume. The most popular and efficient tools for JPEG and PNG image optimization are Jpegoptim and PNG Crush.

JavaScript Optimization

-40%

Potential reduce by 21.8 kB

  • Original 54.0 kB
  • After minification 54.0 kB
  • After compression 32.1 kB

It’s better to minify JavaScript in order to improve website performance. The diagram shows the current total size of all JavaScript files against the prospective JavaScript size after its minification and compression. It is highly recommended that all JavaScript files should be compressed and minified as it can save up to 21.8 kB or 40% of the original size.

CSS Optimization

-80%

Potential reduce by 184.4 kB

  • Original 231.7 kB
  • After minification 231.6 kB
  • After compression 47.3 kB

CSS files minification is very important to reduce a web page rendering time. The faster CSS files can load, the earlier a page can be rendered. Digital.gov needs all CSS files to be minified and compressed as it can save up to 184.4 kB or 80% of the original size.

Requests Breakdown

Number of requests can be reduced by 24 (41%)

Requests Now

59

After Optimization

35

The browser has sent 59 CSS, Javascripts, AJAX and image requests in order to completely render the main page of Digital. We recommend that multiple CSS and JavaScript files should be merged into one by each type, as it can help reduce assets requests from 13 to 1 for JavaScripts and from 4 to 1 for CSS and as a result speed up the page load time.

Accessibility Review

digital.gov accessibility score

100

Accessibility Issues

Best Practices

digital.gov best practices score

75

Areas of Improvement

Trust and Safety

Impact

Issue

High

Does not use HTTPS

Low

Ensure CSP is effective against XSS attacks

User Experience

Impact

Issue

High

Serves images with low resolution

General

Impact

Issue

Low

Detected JavaScript libraries

High

Browser errors were logged to the console

High

Page has valid source maps

SEO Factors

digital.gov SEO score

100

Search Engine Optimization Advices

Mobile Friendly

Make sure your pages are mobile friendly so users don’t have to pinch or zoom in order to read the content pages. [Learn more](https://developers.google.com/search/mobile-sites/).

Impact

Issue

High

Document uses legible font sizes

Language and Encoding

  • Language Detected

    EN

  • Language Claimed

    N/A

  • Encoding

    UTF-8

Language claimed in HTML meta tag should match the language actually used on the web page. Otherwise Digital.gov can be misinterpreted by Google and other search engines. Our service has detected that English is used on the page, and neither this language nor any other was claimed in <html> or <meta> tags. Our system also found out that Digital.gov main page’s claimed encoding is utf-8. Use of this encoding format is the best practice as the main page visitors from all over the world won’t have any issues with symbol transcription.

Social Sharing Optimization

Open Graph data is detected on the main page of Digital. This is the best way to make the web page social media friendly. Here is how it looks like on Facebook: