Dude, you announced after the first debates were set, after Rep. Jim Clyburn’s World Famous Fish Fry. Why? WHY?! You’re already toast. White, white toast. But I’ll do this review anyhow.
Performance: 41 out of 100
/wp-content/themes/joesestak/img/logo-slogan11.svg is a 538 KB svg. Five hundred kilobytes, for an svg. Because it has a drop shadow on an IMAGE of text. That makes me so irrationally upset I’m just going to move to the next section.
Accessibility: 67 out of 100
[id] attributes on the page are not unique.
Images missing alt attributes.
Browser default focus outlines are present, improving navigation via keyboard.
Links that only use an image with no discernible text content.
Best Practices: 71 out of 100
Scroll listeners are detrimental to the page performance.
SEO: 91 out of 100
A FIRST! WOW! Something new after 25 reviews. They are blocking Google and all search engines from indexing the site. Really though, who needs your site to show up in a simple Google search of your name when you’re running for president? Honestly, I’m shocked that Lighthouse gives such a blunder a 91.
<meta name="robots" content="noindex,follow" />
18.3 MB resources
Largest asset is a video that doesn’t appear until later in the page. Please clap.
WordPress, custom theme.
Being last to declare (so far) didn’t gain him any better a website than the other candidates. How long until someone discovers they’re getting zero traffic from search engines?
Really, no one can be sure Mike Gravel isn’t a made up fiction. That he isn’t just two teens in a trench coat, or a Corgi wearing sunglasses. I refuse to seriously consider that he’s an 89 year old anti-war former (as in 1981) US Senator running for president.
Performance: 86 out of 100
Deploy this as a static site and you’d score 100s across all categories. The same performance hits that impact the other twenty. two. candidates I’ve reviewed so far impact this WordPress landing page.
There is either no or very short cache lifetimes on all the assets. Setting these to longer durations would improve the performance metrics for subsequent visits to the site. Of which there might be dozens!
Accessibility: 66 out of 100
Interactive elements don’t have any visible :focus styling.
His homepage wasn’t in the top 3 pages of results for my first “Wayne Messam” Google search so I wasn’t expecting great things here. Maybe I’m the first website to link back to him? At least waynemessam.com redirected appropriately.
The Google Tag Manager script is 404’d, that’s probably not a good sign.
2.3 MB resources
Largest asset is a 184 KB icon font. Yet I count only 6 icons in use across the entire site. This is a significant waste of space and the font could be subset or dropped in favor of a few svg files.
The site is so basic and yet performs so poorly across all categories. There is a contact form in the footer that is fixed in place and revealed on scroll, yet no consideration was given to reserve enough space so that elements weren’t cut off.