We benchmarked 12 major web development blogs and analyzed their website performance.

In mid 2015 we conducted a lot of performance improvements for our website and blog. And we continuously did our homework. Just last week we did a major website speed upgrade for our blog.

So, we thought it would be fun to benchmark our web development blog with some other major web development & design blogs. We put our heads together and conducted some research.

Here’s what we found.

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Why speed matters?

In many cases the performance and speed of a website is critical.

A well-performing website or blog improves user experience. And this leads to a decreased bounce rate, so people will stay longer on your site. And chances are high that they’ll convert a whole lot better.

Blogs, optimized for quick loading times, usually appear higher in the search result pages of Google. And organic traffic – in most cases – is a high-quality traffic. And we, as blog owners, love high-quality traffic, don’t we? 😉

Website speed matters even more on mobile.

As mobile and smart devices have become so widespread nowadays, a website can’t afford to work at snail’s pace and without any performance optimizations. So, better make sure your website and blog run fast enough on mobile too.

Benchmarking 12 web development blogs

As we finished another round of speed optimization on our web development blog, we thought it would be fun (at least we hoped so ;)) to compare our own blog with some major web development blogs.

We decided to perform a speed test & an overall performance test of the following web development & design blogs:

  • SixRevisions
  • Speckyboy
  • WebdesignerDepot
  • DailyJS
  • SmashingMagazine
  • David Walsh
  • Onextrapixel
  • CodingHorror
  • Scotch.io
  • InspiredM
  • 1stWebdesigner
  • Creative Bloq

As each and every blog has a different blog strategy, I just want to make clear that the success of one’s blog can’t be correlated to the outcome of this speed test.

The conducted performance test just aims to show how these aforementioned blogs compare to our blog in regards to their website performance and speed.

How to test the website speed?

When it comes to testing the website speed and the overall performance, there are various tools out there.

I don’t want to go into detail here because we already published this post on how to improve your loading times a while ago.

If you want to learn more how to run website speed tests, I highly recommend this previous article.

For this little experiment, we decided to use PageSpeed Insights by Google as it seemed to be one of the most reliable tools out there.

We also decided not to measure the main home page, but to analyze the last published article of every blog.

In the test results, you’ll see that every site gets a number for its mobile and desktop performance. The higher those numbers are the better a site performs.

So, let’s get started.

SixRevisions

SixRevisions is a pretty well-known development blog publishing articles, tutorials and other super interesting content on the topic of development and engineering.

Here’s the overall test outcome:

SixRevisions Website speed test results

Speckyboy

Speckyboy calls itself a design magazine. Though I think they are pretty widespread in the web development community too. And the people at Speckyboy publish some interesting insights in the frontend world.

test results:

Speckyboy website speed test results

WebdesignerDepot

WebdesignerDepot is – as its name suggests – a magazine for web designers. As it’s pretty image-heavy I was especially excited to see how the site performs compared to other sites using less images.

test results:

The desktop grading isn’t an error. It really only got 20 out of 100, since it seems that the used images aren’t compressed and optimized. (Google loves compressed and optimized images).

Webdesignerdepot website speed test results

DailyJS

DailyJS is a pretty minimalistic blog, mainly focusing on text content. Compared to other sites, its website speed is great.

Though it must be stated that Alex Young, the author of DailyJS stopped publishing content.

Let’s see what the test results are saying:

DailyJS website speed test

Smashing Magazine

If you’re reading this, I guess you know who and what Smashing Magazine is. It’s the leading web development magazine in the western hemisphere.

And the people at Smashing Magazine are doing not only a fantastic job when it comes to publishing great development articles, they also understand the job to be done when it comes to their own website performance.

Test results:

smashing magazine website speed test results

DavidWalsh

David Walsh is a 31-year old web developer and engineer and the man behind the David Walsh blog. His blog is quite known in the web development scene.

Let’s see how his blog performs:

david walsh website speed test

OXP – Onextrapixel

Onextrapixel publishes a lot of great content in the field of frontend and backend technologies. With its tutorial and offers I’ve always find myself going back to the site and finding its article on the social web.

test results:

onextrapixel website speed test oxp

Coding Horror

The Coding Horror is a great blog by Jeff Atwood. It offers some interesting insights in the developments of software engineering.

Especially the Desktop version get’s some bad grading because of its image sizes and resolutions.

test results:

website speed test

Scotch.io

Scotch.io is one of my favorite web development blogs. I find myself going to the site a couple of times a week. Especially with its tutorials I gained a lot of knowledge and learned about new frameworks or techniques. And most of all, I’ve already written a couple of guest posts for scotch.io.

test results:

website speed test scotch.io

InspiredM

InspiredM is a web design & lifestyle blog. Founded by Catalin Zorzini in 2009, it covers a lot of interesting web design and visual articles.

test results:

website speed test result

1stWebdesigner

The 1stWebdesigner website is not only a blog but calls itself a community of web designers. It offers free design courses and provides great resources when getting started in web design.

test results:

website speed test 1st webdesigner

CreativeBloq

CreativeBloq is a mainstream blogs among this collection. It’s not only a web design blog, but also provides creative content in all kind of niches.

With its images and ads, I was surprised that it was performing better than most other web development & design blogs in this list.

test results:

website speed test results creativebloq

Summary of website performance

siteMobile performanceDesktop performanceranking
sixrevisions.com66/10080/1004
speckyboy.com60/10072/1005
webdesignerdepot.com59/10020/10012
DailyJS.com67/10084/1003
SmashingMagazine.com98/10099/1001
David Walsh46/10052/10011
Onextrapixel56/10074/1006
CodingHorror68/10053/1009
Scotch.io54/10068/1008
InspiredM58/10072/1006
1stWebdesigner71/10084/1002
CreativeBloq57/10063/10010

 

Wrapping it up.

Taking a closer look at all these blogs, I was surprised to see such a great variety of results. I didn’t expect to see a lot of blogs in the red area with a grading below 50. Smashing Magazine was the only blog which got a grading higher than 90 and the only blog without any improvement suggestions.

You might wonder now: Ok, and what’s my grading? Let us know in the comment section below.

Here’s what we got…

Website Speed Test Usersnap results

PS: If you want to learn more on how to speed up your website or blog, I recommend to check out this article.

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