Washington Post website now slightly faster than Huffington Post

Adam Sherk
Adam Sherk ran the home pages of various news organizations’ websites through PageSpeed Online, a Google Web tool. The Washington Post’s website, which ombudsman Patrick Pexton pilloried last fall for loading slower than porn sites, boasts a 32.4 percent improvement over last year. (This year: 90 out of 100; last year: 68.) It’s now one point faster than The Huffington Post and tied with Breaking News, CBS News, CNET, the Economist and Mashable. The Post is now much faster than The New York Times, which scored 75.

The fastest site Sherk tested was Yahoo News (96); the slowest was Al Jazeera English (62).

For what it’s worth, I tested Poynter’s home page; it scored an 81, equal to the Chicago Tribune, Slate and the Financial Times’ U.S. home page.

Thanks to Elana Zak for pointing this out.

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  • Anonymous

    The Post website is dreadful, filled with popup ads, videos and auto audio.  I despise it!!

  • Anonymous

    The google page speed tool doesn’t test the ‘real’ speed of your site does it? It rates the potential of the page based on its architecture. Our website has a very slow load time, but scores well on google page speed. My website gets 86/100 on google page speed, but has an average page load time of ~20 sec (so says google analytics).

    If you want to talk about real page speed, not hypotheticals, you’d have to compare analytics reports.

    –Andrew
    @ajduffs