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Optimizing Page Speed on RebelMouse

RebelMouse is the fastest media platform available today. With that said, third-party plugins can slow your page speed down. But there are ways you can optimize them.


Data Snapshots to Understand

First, take a moment and review what you're competing with:

How Fast Could You Be on RebelMouse?

Our platform is blazingly fast, but you need to control your third-party plugins carefully. Here's how a RebelMouse-powered client is performing:

How to Get Faster

  • Use lazy-loading objects everywhere you can. We have an in-depth article on how to handle this here.
  • Move third-party JavaScript from the header to right before the closing of the body tag.
    • In our Layout & Design tool, we recommend that you create a shared element called "Third-Party JavaScript Calls," and that you place it in your footer.
    • If you use infinite scroll, you can place the shared element right after the "Infinite Scroller" module so that it's before the closing of the body tag, since you probably will never have users reach your footer.

Here is how it works:

Use asynchronous calls on every third-party JavaScript library. There are some wonderful articles on the internet that explain this. We recommend these two in particular:

If you're working with a particular partner, and moving their code to asynchronous doesn't work when you test it, you should absolutely reach out to them directly and ask them to support it, as well as give you the right code snippet for it. This will make a big difference in load times.

Ensure your image crop ratios are not set to "Preserve Original" in our Layout & Design tool. This is done in the post element, as shown here:

Curious if your site is firing on all cylinders? Check with your account manager today to make sure your site is optimized for top performance.

If you're not on RebelMouse yet, we can help you optimize your current site's page speed, in addition to addressing your Lighthouse audit, Google Search Console setup, and SEO strategy. Don't fall victim to slow page speed in 2019. Request a proposal today and let's start working together.

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