Report Summary

  • 64

    Performance

    Renders faster than
    78% of other websites

  • 100

    Accessibility

    Visual factors better than
    that of 98% of websites

  • 92

    Best Practices

    More advanced features
    available than in
    86% of websites

  • 96

    SEO

    Google-friendlier than
    93% of websites

socialsecurity.gov

The United States Social Security Administration

Page Load Speed

26.2 sec in total

First Response

536 ms

Resources Loaded

7.5 sec

Page Rendered

18.2 sec

socialsecurity.gov screenshot

About Website

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Official website of the U.S. Social Security Administration.

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Key Findings

We analyzed Socialsecurity.gov page load time and found that the first response time was 536 ms and then it took 25.7 sec to load all DOM resources and completely render a web page. This is an excellent result, as only a small number of websites can load faster.

Performance Metrics

socialsecurity.gov performance score

64

Measured Metrics

name

value

score

weighting

FCP (First Contentful Paint)

Value2.2 s

76/100

10%

LCP (Largest Contentful Paint)

Value6.7 s

7/100

25%

SI (Speed Index)

Value2.2 s

99/100

10%

TBT (Total Blocking Time)

Value240 ms

86/100

30%

CLS (Cumulative Layout Shift)

Value0

100/100

15%

TTI (Time to Interactive)

Value7.9 s

43/100

10%

Network Requests Diagram

www.ssa.gov

536 ms

phoenix.css

225 ms

ssa.home.ff.0517.css

147 ms

ssa.internet.head.js

174 ms

ssa.internet.body.js

1880 ms

Our browser made a total of 40 requests to load all elements on the main page. We found that 0% of them (0 request) were addressed to the original Socialsecurity.gov, 10% (4 requests) were made to Google-analytics.com and 3% (1 request) were made to Dap.digitalgov.gov. The less responsive or slowest element that took the longest time to load (5.2 sec) relates to the external source Dap.digitalgov.gov.

Page Optimization Overview & Recommendations

Page size can be reduced by 591.9 kB (32%)

Content Size

1.8 MB

After Optimization

1.2 MB

In fact, the total size of Socialsecurity.gov main page is 1.8 MB. This result falls beyond the top 1M of websites and identifies a large and not optimized web page that may take ages to load. 40% of websites need less resources to load. Images take 954.5 kB which makes up the majority of the site volume.

HTML Optimization

-77%

Potential reduce by 21.8 kB

  • Original 28.1 kB
  • After minification 21.8 kB
  • After compression 6.3 kB

HTML content can be minified and compressed by a website’s server. The most efficient way is to compress content using GZIP which reduces data amount travelling through the network between server and browser. This page needs HTML code to be minified as it can gain 6.3 kB, which is 22% of the original size. It is highly recommended that content of this web page should be compressed using GZIP, as it can save up to 21.8 kB or 77% of the original size.

Image Optimization

-0%

Potential reduce by 4.4 kB

  • Original 954.5 kB
  • After minification 950.0 kB

Image size optimization can help to speed up a website loading time. The chart above shows the difference between the size before and after optimization. Social Security images are well optimized though.

JavaScript Optimization

-64%

Potential reduce by 442.4 kB

  • Original 688.8 kB
  • After minification 680.7 kB
  • After compression 246.4 kB

It’s better to minify JavaScript in order to improve website performance. The diagram shows the current total size of all JavaScript files against the prospective JavaScript size after its minification and compression. It is highly recommended that all JavaScript files should be compressed and minified as it can save up to 442.4 kB or 64% of the original size.

CSS Optimization

-78%

Potential reduce by 123.3 kB

  • Original 157.4 kB
  • After minification 152.1 kB
  • After compression 34.2 kB

CSS files minification is very important to reduce a web page rendering time. The faster CSS files can load, the earlier a page can be rendered. Socialsecurity.gov needs all CSS files to be minified and compressed as it can save up to 123.3 kB or 78% of the original size.

Requests Breakdown

Number of requests can be reduced by 16 (41%)

Requests Now

39

After Optimization

23

The browser has sent 39 CSS, Javascripts, AJAX and image requests in order to completely render the main page of Social Security. We recommend that multiple CSS and JavaScript files should be merged into one by each type, as it can help reduce assets requests from 7 to 1 for JavaScripts and as a result speed up the page load time.

Accessibility Review

socialsecurity.gov accessibility score

100

Accessibility Issues

Best Practices

socialsecurity.gov best practices score

92

Areas of Improvement

Trust and Safety

Impact

Issue

High

Does not use HTTPS

Low

Ensure CSP is effective against XSS attacks

General

Impact

Issue

High

Page has valid source maps

SEO Factors

socialsecurity.gov SEO score

96

Search Engine Optimization Advices

Mobile Friendly

Make sure your pages are mobile friendly so users don’t have to pinch or zoom in order to read the content pages. [Learn more](https://developers.google.com/search/mobile-sites/).

Impact

Issue

High

Document uses legible font sizes

High

Tap targets are not sized appropriately

Language and Encoding

  • Language Detected

    EN

  • Language Claimed

    EN

  • Encoding

    UTF-8

Language claimed in HTML meta tag should match the language actually used on the web page. Otherwise Socialsecurity.gov can be misinterpreted by Google and other search engines. Our service has detected that English is used on the page, and it matches the claimed language. Our system also found out that Socialsecurity.gov main page’s claimed encoding is utf-8. Use of this encoding format is the best practice as the main page visitors from all over the world won’t have any issues with symbol transcription.

Social Sharing Optimization

Open Graph description is not detected on the main page of Social Security. Lack of Open Graph description can be counter-productive for their social media presence, as such a description allows converting a website homepage (or other pages) into good-looking, rich and well-structured posts, when it is being shared on Facebook and other social media. For example, adding the following code snippet into HTML <head> tag will help to represent this web page correctly in social networks: