Preloading Fonts May Delay Start Render

This morning I learned that preloading custom fonts may have an adverse effect on load metrics, especially Start Render.

Our main site uses three custom fonts (four files). Up until this morning we were preloading them. The font display properties were already set to “swap”. By removing the preload, it cut an average of one second off Start Render on iPhone 8, 3G connection tests.

Web Almanac 2019

I’ve just started digging into the report, but so far it looks very informative.

Our mission is to combine the raw stats and trends of the HTTP Archive with the expertise of the web community. The Web Almanac is a comprehensive report on the state of the web, backed by real data and trusted web experts. It is comprised of 20 chapters spanning aspects of page content, user experience, publishing, and distribution.


Over the weekend, Scott Jehl of the Filament Group workshopped an acronym that covers the “ideal qualities that I think we should… aspire to, when aiming to create excellent websites”.

Accessible, Secure, Performant, Inclusive, Responsive, and Ethical.

What Webmasters Should Know About Google’s “Core Updates”

Google is pushing some “core updates” which they describe as “significant, broad changes to our search algorithms and systems”. Their advice to users should their site drop in rankings?

Focus on content

…pages that drop after a core update don’t have anything wrong to fix. This said, we understand those who do less well after a core update change may still feel they need to do something. We suggest focusing on ensuring you’re offering the best content you can. That’s what our algorithms seek to reward.

Be sure to check out the full post for additional advice.