December 4, 2019
December 4, 2019
Above-the-fold (ATF) means the part of your webpage that is visible when the page first loads. Any part of the page that you have to scroll down to reach is non-ATF.
The first step in fixing render-blocking is testing your site’s speed using Google PageSpeed Insights. Follow these steps to do so:
Most sites score between 50-70; this should serve as a benchmark for your score. Google will also list suggestions to improve the performance of your website.
Keep in mind that you should not force your website to score a perfect 100. Just try your best to get a good score without sacrificing user experience.
If there are scripts on your WordPress site that are essential for a robust UX, you shouldn’t remove them just to get a slightly higher score on PageSpeed Insights.
The rules on which Google scores your websites are merely guidelines and should be taken as such.
In most cases, this is enough to fix the warning. However, the result may vary depending on your theme and active plugins.
To make sure your problem has been solved, run your site through PageSpeed Insights again. If there’re any blocking JS and CSS resources left, take the optimization even further by following these steps:
Simply enabling all of them will load your site faster, but may also introduce the unwanted Flash of unstyled content (FOUC) artifact. This happens when the browser loads the web page without waiting for the stylesheet to load, causing a momentary flash of unstyled page.
After trying the methods above, head back to Google PageSpeed Insights to ensure that render-blocking is not an issue anymore.
Website speed is one of the most critical factors in attracting and retaining visitors. This is because search engines consider site speed when ranking results.
Hopefully, this tutorial is beneficial for you. Feel free to comment below if you have any questions. Good luck!
October 18 2017
Nice. I've used some of the technics here to improve my performance. Still, there are some minor issues but overall it looks good. Thnak you.
October 19 2017
Hi there, Thank you for the tutorial, I managed to fix the only one .css I had. It increased the page speed to 'green' both for mobile and desktop. But when I re-checked the PageSpeedInsight got a new warning that I have another CSS to optimize "/wp-content/cache/minify/" (in the first check it didn't show up). As this one has no extension .css I am not sure if I have to repeat the procedure you explain above for .css. Thank you in advance for reply
Replied on October 19 2017
Hey Matsa, That's strange. Can you provide a screenshot of Google PageSpeed test or maybe your domain?
November 06 2017
I still have the warming from Google Pagespeed and I see that W3TC has that function for pro version only Your page has 1 blocking CSS resources. This causes a delay in rendering your page.
November 17 2017
December 03 2017
This plugin broke my website in a big way.. I use beaver builder. Luckily, disabling the plugin undid the damage.. but boy... that was scary.
Replied on December 14 2017
Hey Adam, Try excluding certain css and js scripts. That should do the trick.
December 06 2017
Hi. I was really pleased to find your easy to follow instructions. However, I have had very little success. I was already using W3 Total Cache, so I was familiar with the general interface. I did exactly as you suggested and pasted in the js and css URLs. However, when I purged the cache and saved and ran the page speed test again, I got a warning "The URL was fetched, but nothing was rendered. Ensure that the URL points to an HTML page that loads successfully in a web browser." Sure enough, the site was now not loading at all. I have now deactivated both JS and CSS minification so the site is working, but the speed is now 'Poor'. I then tried your suggestions of Autoptimise and Speed Booster Pack. These produced similarly disappointing results, and effectively broke the site. I would like any advice you can give me as I'm sure I'm missing something very simple, I hope! Thank you.
Replied on December 14 2017
Disable W3 total cache and try using only Autoptimise.
February 07 2018
Great article! Step 2 was super helpful as I have had W3 Total Cache for awhile now but could never figure out how to fix the render blocking issue! Thanks
August 23 2018
It is worth mentioning, that fixing render blocking CSS with W3 Total Cache is only possible, if you pay them a massive amount of money every year. If you do not have that kind of money, you might not want to waste your time on this advanced procedure.
December 27 2018
Thank you for sharing this article. I managed to bring my site speed up to 94. Automtimize did the trick for me, though I still have few other segments to review .
January 18 2019
Just about the simplest way to explain this fix. Thank you. It's great to find teachers who explain things assuming not all of us are experts. This worked like a charm for the render-blocking. Thank you!
April 22 2019
Thanks Domantas :-) will test some of these out :-)
March 20 2020
What a great article! My site improved from a 36 to a 73 score. Thanks :))))