Link: the Washington Post has brought its page load speed down to milliseconds

Page load speed is important – possibly more so than ever, thanks to the dominance of mobile devices for browsing the web.

As of July 2015, [load time] was cut down to 1.7 seconds — an 85 percent improvement gained by shedding bulky features that took too long to load. With the progressive web app, article pages load in 80 milliseconds, Merrell said.

Source: “With lessons from Google, The Washington Post has brought its page load speed down to milliseconds” (Poynter)

Why an off-the-shelf CMS might not be the best choice

I’ll be writing more about bespoke CMS development in the future. For now, here’s a quote from a relevant BBC Academy article:

The CMS software market is quite crowded, with a huge number of products competing with each other. Despite this, we struggled to find a CMS that met our requirements around flexibility, multi-tenant operation and integration with existing services. Those that did come close also provided a vast array of other features that we did not require (such as rendering systems), which would end up complicating our architecture and adding a support burden.

In addition, off-the-shelf CMS tools generally have quite fixed user interfaces, which are hard to customise. We knew that ill-fitting user interfaces could be a real problem for our users, and we were determined to provide them with a system that allowed them to get on with their jobs without tools getting in their way.

from “Content Management Systems at the BBC