When it comes to the speed of your website, it’s important to think of speed as a necessary feature, not a luxury, and to treat it accordingly. There are a lot of things that go into the equation that determines how quickly site visitors begin to see content when they visit your website. Some of these things you can’t control: the speed of their internet connection, their geographic location, network congestion, and so forth. However, there are others things that you can and should control. One tool you can use to identify speed-reducing issues that are under your control is Google PageSpeed Insights. Surely you’ve used PageSpeed Insights before (if you haven’t, this is your cue to head there before reading the rest of this article). It’s free, and pinpoints issues that are slowing down delivery of your website. A Common Issue: Render-Blocking Resources There are ten speed rules used to analyze sites run through PageSpeed Insights. Two of these rules have to do with JavaScript and CSS resources blocking above-the-fold content. Fail either of these two rules–and many, many sites do fail one or both–and you’ll see a Should Fix message letting
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