I’m using Netlify for the first time to host my company’s website. I’m a long time AWS user but I decided to go with Netlify in this occasion after reading about the simplicity for deployment and the boost in performance when compared to other similar platforms.
While deployment is certainly a breeze and trouble-free, performance is disappointing, to say the least. The best performance score with a fresh cache I can get in Lighthouse is between 70-80% but it’s like a lottery, every single time gives a random score, which is a far cry from the other websites from tutorials and bloggers that assure they’re getting minimum 95% and in many occasions 100%.
I’ve followed every possible recommendation to increase performance, like adding my DNS to Netlify, enabling cache, hardSource, extractCSS, purgeCSS, cache control headers, http2 push/preconnect/preload, Vue component caching, tree shaking, async imports, image compression and lazy loading, etc. Basically every possible thing that you can think of to increase performance has been enabled and configured.
In the Netlify dashboard I’ve enabled the prerendering option too, which increased the performance from a shameful 34%. I can’t enable the other post processing options because they break the site.
My experience with your service makes me wonder if the bloggers reviewing your platform are getting paid and their websites given special treatment.
Is this random performance score between 70-80% the best I can hope for while using Netlify? Does the pro plan increases performance or is it exactly the same? I pride myself in always getting the highest possible scores across all the analysis tools, so this is a crucial issue for me, and if this is the best possible score, it’s not a platform that I could use for my company or my clients.