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Mobile Usability

96/100

Good

Mobile Speed

40/100

Bad

Last tested: 2017-09-13

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chron.com Mobile Usability: 96/100
chron.com Mobile Usability Test Quick Overview

Avoid plugins

Your page uses plugins, which prevents portions of your page from being used on many platforms. Find alternatives for plugin based content to increase compatibility.
Find alternatives for the following Flash plugins.
http://embed.vemba.io/VPAIDFlash.swf
Size tap targets appropriately

Some of the links/buttons on your webpage may be too small for a user to easily tap on a touchscreen. Consider making these tap targets larger to provide a better user experience.
The following tap targets are close to other nearby tap targets and may need additional spacing around them.
The tap target <label for="slide2"> is close to 1 other tap targets.
The tap target <label for="slide5"> is close to 1 other tap targets.
The tap target <a href="https://myacco…pid=mchronhead">Subscribe</a> is close to 1 other tap targets.
The tap target <a href="/news/houston-…hp?ipid=mobctp" class="hdn-analytics">Authorities co…ng from Harvey</a> is close to 5 other tap targets.
The tap target <div id="abgc" class="abgc">AdChoices</div> is close to 1 other tap targets.
The tap target <a href="http://www.chron.com/events/">ChronCalendar</a> is close to 1 other tap targets.
The tap target <a href="http://www.chron.com/events/">ChronCalendar</a> is close to 1 other tap targets.
chron.com Mobile Speed: 40/100
chron.com Mobile Speed Test Quick Overview

Eliminate render-blocking JavaScript and CSS in above-the-fold content

Your page has 14 blocking script resources and 8 blocking CSS resources. This causes a delay in rendering your page.
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Optimize CSS Delivery of the following:
http://m.chron.com/css/hdn/mobile/jquery.mobile-1.3.2.css
http://m.chron.com/css/hdn/mobile/jquery.mobile-1.3.2.css
http://m.chron.com/external/css/global.less.allPages.r9.4.0.17.css
http://m.chron.com/external/css/global.sharedmain.r9.4.0.17.css
http://m.chron.com/external/css/global.sitemain.r9.4.0.17.css
http://treg.hearstnp.com/assets/gya_sites/chron_co…4e5d30948b9e4aefde.css
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http://players.brightcove.net/videojs-ima3/2/videojs.ima3.min.css
Avoid landing page redirects

Your page has 2 redirects. Redirects introduce additional delays before the page can be loaded.
Avoid landing page redirects for the following chain of redirected URLs.
http://chron.com/
http://www.chron.com/
http://m.chron.com/
Leverage browser caching

Setting an expiry date or a maximum age in the HTTP headers for static resources instructs the browser to load previously downloaded resources from local disk rather than over the network.
Leverage browser caching for the following cacheable resources:
http://aps.hearstnp.com/Scripts/initDefineAds.js (expiration not specified)
http://aps.hearstnp.com/Scripts/loadAds.js (expiration not specified)
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http://embed.vemba.io/icon-playv2.png (expiration not specified)
http://embed.vemba.io/vastvpaid.min.js (expiration not specified)
http://houstonchronicle.spingo.com/list-widget.js (expiration not specified)
http://images.spingo.com/i/live-image-service/j6/F…MpsQYizNgembe8j_AQIISs (expiration not specified)
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http://calendarapi-cdn.spingo.com/v1/events/premie…babbc29c9cdb9df50ff346 (60 seconds)
http://calendarapi-cdn.spingo.com/v1/events?auth_t…=77002&radius_miles=50 (60 seconds)
http://calendarapi-cdn.spingo.com/v1/events?auth_t…start_after_id=6671223 (60 seconds)
https://videos-by.vemba.io/v2/placements/15919.js (2 minutes)
http://assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js (3.4 minutes)
http://players.brightcove.net/videojs-ima3/2/videojs.ima3.min.js (3.4 minutes)
http://assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit_main.js?0.9157153256237507 (3.6 minutes)
http://players.brightcove.net/videojs-ima3/2/videojs.ima3.min.css (3.7 minutes)
http://nexus.ensighten.com/hearst/news/Bootstrap.js (5 minutes)
http://t01.proximic.com/c.js?m=1&s=hearst_js&url=h…3A%2F%2Fm.chron.com%2F (5 minutes)
https://cdn.blueconic.net/hearst.js (10 minutes)
http://cdn.gigya.com/js/gigya.js?apiKey=3_IPDl7eVH…pxScAb3a9ban3YKsNnPPZh (15 minutes)
http://www.googletagservices.com/tag/js/gpt.js (15 minutes)
https://connect.facebook.net/en_US/fbevents.js (20 minutes)
https://connect.facebook.net/signals/config/753932334760552?v=2.7.21 (20 minutes)
http://cdn.yldbt.com/js/yieldbot.intent.js (60 minutes)
http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/osd.js (60 minutes)
http://s.ntv.io/serve/load.js (60 minutes)
https://www.google-analytics.com/analytics.js (2 hours)
Optimize images

Properly formatting and compressing images can save many bytes of data.
Optimize the following images to reduce their size by 151KiB (50% reduction).
Compressing http://m.chron.com/img/weather/backgrounds/weather_backgrounds_3.jpg could save 41.6KiB (57% reduction).
Compressing https://hearst.blueconic.net/rest/contentStores/36…6&width=440&height=294 could save 34.5KiB (47% reduction).
Compressing http://ww2.hdnux.com/photos/65/54/26/14075305/3/rawImage.jpg could save 26.5KiB (68% reduction).
Compressing and resizing http://m.chron.com/img/hdn/mobile/wundergroundLogo.png could save 11.3KiB (87% reduction).
Compressing http://m.chron.com/img/sprite.png could save 4.6KiB (14% reduction).
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Minify JavaScript

Compacting JavaScript code can save many bytes of data and speed up downloading, parsing, and execution time.
Minify JavaScript for the following resources to reduce their size by 109.5KiB (38% reduction).
Minifying http://vjs.zencdn.net/5.10.4/video.js could save 80.9KiB (51% reduction) after compression.
Minifying https://videos-by.vemba.io/v2/placements/15919.js could save 27.5KiB (22% reduction) after compression.
Minifying http://aps.hearstnp.com/Scripts/loadAds.js could save 1KiB (62% reduction) after compression.
Prioritize visible content

Your page requires additional network round trips to render the above-the-fold content. For best performance, reduce the amount of HTML needed to render above-the-fold content.
The entire HTML response was not sufficient to render the above-the-fold content. This usually indicates that additional resources, loaded after HTML parsing, were required to render above-the-fold content. Prioritize visible content that is needed for rendering above-the-fold by including it directly in the HTML response.
Only about 45% of the final above-the-fold content could be rendered with the full HTML response.
Enable compression

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Enable compression for the following resources to reduce their transfer size by 30.5KiB (76% reduction).
Compressing http://treg.hearstnp.com/assets/gya_sites/chron_co…4e5d30948b9e4aefde.css could save 11.8KiB (79% reduction).
Compressing http://calendarapi-cdn.spingo.com/v1/events?auth_t…=77002&radius_miles=50 could save 8.8KiB (75% reduction).
Compressing http://calendarapi-cdn.spingo.com/v1/events?auth_t…start_after_id=6671223 could save 8.5KiB (77% reduction).
Compressing http://houstonchronicle.spingo.com/list-widget.js could save 811B (53% reduction).
Compressing http://treg.hearstnp.com/assets/gya_sites/chron_com/images/user.svg could save 636B (56% reduction).
Minify CSS

Compacting CSS code can save many bytes of data and speed up download and parse times.
Minify CSS for the following resources to reduce their size by 5.5KiB (32% reduction).
Minifying http://m.chron.com/css/hdn/mobile/jquery.mobile-1.3.2.css could save 5.5KiB (32% reduction) after compression.
Minify HTML

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Minify HTML for the following resources to reduce their size by 5.5KiB (20% reduction).
Minifying http://m.chron.com/ could save 5.5KiB (20% reduction) after compression.

chron.com Mobile Resources


Total Resources245
Number of Hosts64
Static Resources175
JavaScript Resources81
CSS Resources9

chron.com Mobile Resource Breakdown