With the growing emphasis on user experience, accessibility, and SEO rankings, it's crucial for Webflow developers to ensure their websites are optimized for performance, ADA compliance, and Core Web Vitals. Let's dive deep into actionable steps you can take to achieve this trifecta for your Webflow sites.
Web performance is vital for user experience and SEO. A faster site can lead to better user engagement, higher conversion rates, and improved SEO rankings.
High-resolution images are often the biggest culprits of slow website load times.
Excessive web fonts can considerably slow down your page load times.
While animations can add flair to your site, they can also hamper performance.
Lazy loading ensures that assets like images and videos only load when they come into a viewport.
Extraneous code can slow down your site and lead to potential bugs.
Ensuring your website is ADA compliant not only avoids potential legal complications but also ensures that your content is accessible to all users.
Webflow provides a semantic structure out of the box, but it's crucial to ensure it's used properly.
Every image on your site should have a descriptive alt text, aiding visually impaired users in understanding the content.
Make sure every interactive element on your site can be accessed and used with a keyboard.
All input fields should have labels, and feedback should be provided for both successful form submissions and errors.
Text should be easily readable against its background. The WebAIM Contrast Checker is a great resource.
Introduced by Google, Core Web Vitals are a set of metrics related to speed, responsiveness, and visual stability.
This metric deals with loading performance.
This measures the interactivity and responsiveness of your site.
This metric evaluates the visual stability of your site.
The web is ever-evolving. By following this checklist and regularly monitoring your website using tools like Google's Lighthouse, you can stay ahead of the curve. Keep learning, keep iterating, and keep optimizing for the best user experience on your Webflow site!