Roblox is a gaming website that lets users to program games and play those created by others.
A speed report from Lighthouse paints a rather grim picture and scores Roblox website 4 seconds on the speed index (SI), and 56 on Performance.
There are many reasons why the Roblox website is so slow. This includes:
- Unused CSS files
- Old Image formats
- Render-blocking resources
- Large DOM size
Let’s look at each of these reasons and identify potential ways that Roblox can make their website load faster.
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The Roblox website can be as much as 1.95 seconds faster by adopting this technique.
Unused CSS files
Roblox uses CSS files to load the styling elements for the website. However, this file contains a lot of unused scripts that can be slowing down page loading by as much as 0.6 seconds. Code splitting may help avoid this issue.
Old Image formats
The Roblox website uses a lot of JPG and PNG files that are considered outdated and heavy for modern web use. Replacing them with WebP and AVIF files can save as much as 1.05 seconds from the page loading time.
There are scripts on the 1.05 website that need to run first before they let the rest of the code be executed. The render-blocking resources issue can shave off around 1.8 seconds from the loading time for the Roblox website.
How do you avoid this? If the script is not critical, avoid having it in the <head> tag of your HTML code. But if you do need to have it there for some reason, make sure to include the defer or async attribute so that they do not block the loading of other resources.
Large DOM size
The Roblox website takes close to 2.5 seconds to evaluate all the scripts, parse them, compile, and render them. This can be minimized by minimizing the main-thread work.
They may also look at reducing the number of nodes in the DOM. In simpler terms, you need to make sure that the main HTML code is smaller and has fewer nodes. I have explained this in greater detail in this article about DOMContentLoaded.
Anand Srinivasan is the founder of CWVIQ, and has been in the internet media space for over 15 years. He has previously served as the AVP of Products and Head of Business at popular media portals. He has worked with several SaaS and enterprise businesses as an external consultant for their SEO marketing campaigns.