Page Builder Framework has always had a strong focus on page speed & performance. I’m happy to announce that today that we bring the same level of performance to the WordPress customizer!
With Version 2.4 of Page Builder Framework & the Premium Add-On we have further improved the editing experience inside the WordPress customizer.
Most of the settings will now show your changes in real time and no longer require the page to refresh. This makes working with the theme soooo much faster. In fact, up to 100% faster!
How did we do that?
This will drastically speed up the way you work with the theme.
Before & After
We’ve tested version 2.4 against the previous version of the Theme & Premium Add-On and recorded how long it took to tweak the exact same customizer settings in both versions.
When compared with the previous version we saw a 20% performance increase on our Windows desktop PC (video below) and almost a 100% increase on our older MacBook Pro 🤯.
It’s hard to put it into words how much faster it actually feels so I would encourage you to update to the latest version and take it for a spin! 🙂
2 HTTP requests less!
This update is mainly to improve the editing experience and speed things up on the back-end of the website, but it also comes with a slight performance improvement on the frontend.
Check out the test results! The overall page size has slightly increased (by 2.1 kb) while the requests have dropped from 11 to 9. I think that’s a good trade! 🙂
Here are some more details on the test setup.
- Server Location: New York
- DigitalOcean Droplet managed by Runcloud
- Page Builder Framework
- Premium Add-On (all Performance Settings checked under Appearance > Theme Settings, except “Compile inline CSS”)
I can’t help it… so I have to show you what happens when I install a caching plugin. In the example below, I’ve installed WP Rocket and ran the same speed test again on KeyCDN.
And the results are as follows:
- 3 total requests
- 58.6 KB Page Size
- 41.89 ms Load Time 🤯
Now that’s fast!
And that’s it! 🙂 Version 2.4 of the Page Builder Framework & Premium Add-On drastically speed things up in the WordPress customizer and also safe you 2 http requests on the frontend!
For a full list of tweaks, fixes & improvements make sure to check out the changelog.
What would you like to see next? Do you think removing the jQuery dependency would be a good idea? Please leave your feedback in the comments below.
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