• http://selfstairway.com/ Vincent Nguyen

    This is another incentive for me to move over to WPEngine. Hostgator has been worrying me lately with its load times and I do not doubt that during their slow times mobile users are seeing absolutely nothing on my site. It’s quite worrying, but maybe this is the push I needed.

  • Andy

    This is great news and has been a long time coming. People forget that sometimes sites on mobiles have to load over pitiful 2G connections (fairly common in rural areas of the UK). You’re lucky to get the equivalent of dial-up speeds on this type of connection, so a site full of images and JavaScript simply isn’t going to work at all.

    One mobile site I loaded recently was almost 1MB in size once it was done. Even over a modest 3G connection that’s going to be reasonably slow. There’s just no need for it. A mobile site should give you the info you need in plain text with none of the fancy eye-candy around it. I’ve always stood by this: “if a site doesn’t load in 10 seconds over 2G, you’re doing it wrong”.

    I for one hugely welcome this change.

  • http://www.alexseo.se/ Alexander Edbom

    Unless it’s a webshop and images are very much needed.. ^^

  • Andy

    I wouldn’t ban images, just make sure they’re appropriately optimised =) This particular site had 800px by 150px wide JPEG banners that were 300KB in size each. There’s no need for that at all.

  • Jonathan Nelson

    1. Go here and enter your URL to analyze: https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights

    2. Toggle the desktop/mobile button on the top right for PageSpeed Insights.