I’m impressed with the Astra Theme Google Lighthouse Results on a clean WordPress install with no plugins.
After testing the Astra Theme sales website I wasn’t expecting good results and certainly didn’t expect Astra to match Stallion Responsive.
Astra Theme Lighthouse Test: https://googlechrome.github.io/lighthouse/viewer/?psiurl=https%3A%2F%2Fclassic-literature.co.uk%2Fastra%2F&strategy=desktop&category=performance&category=accessibility&category=best-practices&category=seo&category=pwa&utm_source=lh-chrome-ext
You can see the lost Performance points is related to “Eliminate render-blocking resources“, this is an important issue, other than loading all CSS inline (NOT a good idea) this is difficult to solve at theme level: easy to solve with a plugin.
Astra Theme Eliminate render-blocking resources
With the Astra theme out the box there are 3 render-blocking issues, 2 of these are the themes CSS stylesheets.
…minified/style.min.css?ver=2.1.4(classic-literature.co.uk) 14 KB 110 ms
…minified/menu-animation.min.css?ver=2.1.4(classic-literature.co.uk) 1 KB 150 ms
…block-library/style.min.css?ver=5.3.2(classic-literature.co.uk) 7 KB 150 ms
Total size: 22KB, time delay 410ms
So well done so far Astra Theme developers.
Ignore the “Reduce server response times (TTFB)” numbers, that’s my super cheap Godaddy VPS server: only cost me $200 a year and I have about 80 domains on it!
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