Report Summary

  • 72

    Performance

    Renders faster than
    82% of other websites

  • 100

    Accessibility

    Visual factors better than
    that of 98% of websites

  • 92

    Best Practices

    More advanced features
    available than in
    86% of websites

  • 99

    SEO

    Google-friendlier than
    95% of websites

direct.gov.uk

Welcome to GOV.UK

Page Load Speed

22.9 sec in total

First Response

760 ms

Resources Loaded

13.6 sec

Page Rendered

8.4 sec

direct.gov.uk screenshot

About Website

Welcome to direct.gov.uk homepage info - get ready to check Direct best content for United Kingdom right away, or after learning these important things about direct.gov.uk

GOV.UK - The place to find government services and information - simpler, clearer, faster.

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Key Findings

We analyzed Direct.gov.uk page load time and found that the first response time was 760 ms and then it took 22.1 sec to load all DOM resources and completely render a web page. This is an excellent result, as only a small number of websites can load faster.

Performance Metrics

direct.gov.uk performance score

72

Measured Metrics

name

value

score

weighting

FCP (First Contentful Paint)

Value2.1 s

81/100

10%

LCP (Largest Contentful Paint)

Value2.9 s

81/100

25%

SI (Speed Index)

Value2.1 s

99/100

10%

TBT (Total Blocking Time)

Value320 ms

76/100

30%

CLS (Cumulative Layout Shift)

Value0.648

9/100

15%

TTI (Time to Interactive)

Value2.9 s

96/100

10%

Network Requests Diagram

www.gov.uk

760 ms

govuk-template-2775f99eaec64ff8121bfbfb3eb67b0c2b4b7c3fc78d25da30e12db2a09d30d6.css

2126 ms

fonts-5ff8c53913434afd0072a480d7cfca67cace4c8d03f6ef96b78a4455728ce745.css

3257 ms

static-730e4ae4acb9327be8cedd1a9f56c5fd946b96b532327254d4df8c5d0e95f6da.css

2304 ms

application-2be09ffde1b84a4d9e89b13201415a16a02b189939d3b730a103ff79952a5a8e.css

2153 ms

Our browser made a total of 25 requests to load all elements on the main page. We found that 0% of them (0 request) were addressed to the original Direct.gov.uk, 8% (2 requests) were made to and 4% (1 request) were made to Www.gov.uk. The less responsive or slowest element that took the longest time to load (4.5 sec) relates to the external source Assets.publishing.service.gov.uk.

Page Optimization Overview & Recommendations

Page size can be reduced by 1.3 MB (56%)

Content Size

2.3 MB

After Optimization

1.0 MB

In fact, the total size of Direct.gov.uk main page is 2.3 MB. This result falls beyond the top 1M of websites and identifies a large and not optimized web page that may take ages to load. 40% of websites need less resources to load. CSS take 1.2 MB which makes up the majority of the site volume.

HTML Optimization

-73%

Potential reduce by 18.1 kB

  • Original 24.7 kB
  • After minification 21.6 kB
  • After compression 6.6 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. This page needs HTML code to be minified as it can gain 3.2 kB, which is 13% of the original size. It is highly recommended that content of this web page should be compressed using GZIP, as it can save up to 18.1 kB or 73% of the original size.

Image Optimization

-4%

Potential reduce by 11.5 kB

  • Original 285.3 kB
  • After minification 273.8 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. Direct images are well optimized though.

JavaScript Optimization

-70%

Potential reduce by 502.6 kB

  • Original 718.0 kB
  • After minification 677.7 kB
  • After compression 215.4 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 502.6 kB or 70% of the original size.

CSS Optimization

-59%

Potential reduce by 732.4 kB

  • Original 1.2 MB
  • After minification 1.2 MB
  • After compression 508.3 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. Direct.gov.uk needs all CSS files to be minified and compressed as it can save up to 732.4 kB or 59% of the original size.

Requests Breakdown

Number of requests can be reduced by 10 (45%)

Requests Now

22

After Optimization

12

The browser has sent 22 CSS, Javascripts, AJAX and image requests in order to completely render the main page of Direct. We recommend that multiple CSS and JavaScript files should be merged into one by each type, as it can help reduce assets requests from 6 to 1 for JavaScripts and from 6 to 1 for CSS and as a result speed up the page load time.

Accessibility Review

direct.gov.uk accessibility score

100

Accessibility Issues

Best Practices

direct.gov.uk best practices score

92

Areas of Improvement

Trust and Safety

Impact

Issue

High

Does not use HTTPS

Low

Ensure CSP is effective against XSS attacks

SEO Factors

direct.gov.uk SEO score

99

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

High

Tap targets are not sized appropriately

Language and Encoding

  • Language Detected

    EN

  • Language Claimed

    EN

  • Encoding

    UTF-8

Language claimed in HTML meta tag should match the language actually used on the web page. Otherwise Direct.gov.uk can be misinterpreted by Google and other search engines. Our service has detected that English is used on the page, and it matches the claimed language. Our system also found out that Direct.gov.uk 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 description is not detected on the main page of Direct. Lack of Open Graph description can be counter-productive for their social media presence, as such a description allows converting a website homepage (or other pages) into good-looking, rich and well-structured posts, when it is being shared on Facebook and other social media. For example, adding the following code snippet into HTML <head> tag will help to represent this web page correctly in social networks: