Yesterday and today I worked very hard on making my blog faster. In the Google Search Console I saw that my blog suddenly gets half as many clicks since a few days and that my pages are only “moderately” fast. I don’t really care about the number of clicks, but I do want the site to be fast. PageSpeed Insights also showed me that the time until the “First Contentful Paint” seems to be longer than a second for many users (and it has to be under a second for it to be considered fast).
I have taken the following measures:
- Optimized HTML and CSS
- Embedded CSS in HTML to reduce the critical path and the number of requests
- Reduced the CNAME chain
- Enabled the BunnyCDN Origin Shield (this probably has the greatest effect - especially for requests from the other side of the world)
With Fast or Slow my blog now reaches 100% in every category. Hopefully Google will soon notice that the site is now much faster.