Report Summary

  • 19

    Performance

    Renders faster than
    39% of other websites

  • 91

    Accessibility

    Visual factors better than
    that of 83% of websites

  • 75

    Best Practices

    More advanced features
    available than in
    47% of websites

  • 90

    SEO

    Google-friendlier than
    73% of websites

thetimes.co.za

TimesLIVE

Page Load Speed

13.5 sec in total

First Response

190 ms

Resources Loaded

12.1 sec

Page Rendered

1.2 sec

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About Website

Welcome to thetimes.co.za homepage info - get ready to check Thetimes best content right away, or after learning these important things about thetimes.co.za

Latest news from South Africa, World, Politics, Entertainment and Lifestyle. The home of The Times and Sunday Times newspaper.

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Key Findings

We analyzed Thetimes.co.za page load time and found that the first response time was 190 ms and then it took 13.3 sec to load all DOM resources and completely render a web page. This is a poor result, as 90% of websites can load faster.

Performance Metrics

thetimes.co.za performance score

19

Measured Metrics

name

value

score

weighting

FCP (First Contentful Paint)

Value4.1 s

22/100

10%

LCP (Largest Contentful Paint)

Value13.3 s

0/100

25%

SI (Speed Index)

Value11.0 s

6/100

10%

TBT (Total Blocking Time)

Value2,670 ms

4/100

30%

CLS (Cumulative Layout Shift)

Value0.001

100/100

15%

TTI (Time to Interactive)

Value17.4 s

4/100

10%

Network Requests Diagram

thetimes.co.za

190 ms

www.timeslive.co.za

1738 ms

style.css

1022 ms

CalendarControl.css

515 ms

pagination.css

530 ms

Our browser made a total of 271 requests to load all elements on the main page. We found that 0% of them (1 request) were addressed to the original Thetimes.co.za, 68% (184 requests) were made to Timeslive.co.za and 4% (12 requests) were made to Static.xx.fbcdn.net. The less responsive or slowest element that took the longest time to load (3.1 sec) relates to the external source Timeslive.co.za.

Page Optimization Overview & Recommendations

Page size can be reduced by 1.2 MB (42%)

Content Size

2.8 MB

After Optimization

1.6 MB

In fact, the total size of Thetimes.co.za main page is 2.8 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. 70% of websites need less resources to load. Images take 1.4 MB which makes up the majority of the site volume.

HTML Optimization

-80%

Potential reduce by 376.0 kB

  • Original 469.9 kB
  • After minification 411.6 kB
  • After compression 93.9 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 58.3 kB, which is 12% 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 376.0 kB or 80% of the original size.

Image Optimization

-10%

Potential reduce by 131.6 kB

  • Original 1.4 MB
  • After minification 1.2 MB

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. Thetimes images are well optimized though.

JavaScript Optimization

-66%

Potential reduce by 532.7 kB

  • Original 809.2 kB
  • After minification 786.9 kB
  • After compression 276.5 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 532.7 kB or 66% of the original size.

CSS Optimization

-84%

Potential reduce by 120.8 kB

  • Original 143.6 kB
  • After minification 108.5 kB
  • After compression 22.8 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. Thetimes.co.za needs all CSS files to be minified and compressed as it can save up to 120.8 kB or 84% of the original size.

Requests Breakdown

Number of requests can be reduced by 86 (32%)

Requests Now

265

After Optimization

179

The browser has sent 265 CSS, Javascripts, AJAX and image requests in order to completely render the main page of Thetimes. We recommend that multiple CSS and JavaScript files should be merged into one by each type, as it can help reduce assets requests from 47 to 1 for JavaScripts and from 15 to 1 for CSS and as a result speed up the page load time.

Accessibility Review

thetimes.co.za accessibility score

91

Accessibility Issues

Contrast

These are opportunities to improve the legibility of your content.

Impact

Issue

High

Background and foreground colors do not have a sufficient contrast ratio.

Best practices

These items highlight common accessibility best practices.

Impact

Issue

High

[user-scalable="no"] is used in the <meta name="viewport"> element or the [maximum-scale] attribute is less than 5.

Best Practices

thetimes.co.za best practices score

75

Areas of Improvement

Trust and Safety

Impact

Issue

High

Does not use HTTPS

High

Requests the geolocation permission on page load

High

Includes front-end JavaScript libraries with known security vulnerabilities

Low

Ensure CSP is effective against XSS attacks

General

Impact

Issue

Low

Detected JavaScript libraries

High

Missing source maps for large first-party JavaScript

SEO Factors

thetimes.co.za SEO score

90

Search Engine Optimization Advices

Crawling and Indexing

To appear in search results, crawlers need access to your app.

Impact

Issue

High

Links are not crawlable

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

    N/A

  • Encoding

    UTF-8

Language claimed in HTML meta tag should match the language actually used on the web page. Otherwise Thetimes.co.za can be misinterpreted by Google and other search engines. Our service has detected that English is used on the page, and neither this language nor any other was claimed in <html> or <meta> tags. Our system also found out that Thetimes.co.za 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 Thetimes. 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: