Washington Post Unveils ‘Lightning-Fast’ Mobile Website

The Washington Post says it has a new “lightning-fast” mobile website, that it skeleton to hurl out gradually before a finish of a year.

The publisher pronounced a new site, formed on Google record called Progressive Web Apps, will bucket mobile webpages in underneath a second, compared with around 3 seconds for a stream mobile site.

“Our idea was to emanate a fastest mobile news site possible,” pronounced Shailesh Prakash, arch record officer for a Post. “A lot of publishers have spent time creation their apps really fast, though a mobile web is where a expansion is. It’s where a movement is.”

Mr. Prakash pronounced 70% of a Post’s trade now comes from mobile devices. The mobile website is used distant some-more frequently than a Post’s app, with 63% of altogether trade regulating a mobile website privately and 7% on a app.

Many online publishers are attempting to speed adult their website loading times, both for mobile and desktop devices.

As consumers entrance some-more calm on mobile devices, and mostly from mobile information connections, mobile site speed is increasingly seen as an critical differentiator. Companies such as Google and Facebook are also pulling publishers to speed adult their sites to keep consumers from flourishing desirous and navigating elsewhere.

In early tests, users accessed 5 times some-more pages on a new chronicle of a Post’s site than they did on a stream version, Mr. Prakash said.

The PWA record powering a new site is an open-source set of record standards formulated by Google’s Chrome team, that are also obliged for a renouned Chrome web browser.

At a simple level, a PWA record works by pre-loading calm on users’ inclination in a credentials to safeguard it’s prepared to arrangement fast as they pierce around a site. In sequence to use PWA, websites contingency use a secure web record famous as “HTTPS,” that a Post began implementing final year.

Beginning Thursday, around 10% of mobile trade to essay pages will be destined to a new “PWA” chronicle of a Post’s site. By a finish of a year, it skeleton to have switched over to a new chronicle entirely.


According to Jed Hartman, a Post’s arch income officer, no poignant compromises were done with a new site with regards to advertising. The company’s engineers figured out a approach to safeguard ads don’t delayed down a knowledge significantly, he said, and Post advertisers should not need to do anything differently on their end.

For a Post, a pierce is emblematic of a incomparable truth being employed by a publisher, that was purchased by Amazon.com owner and arch executive Jeff Bezos in 2013.

The association has done poignant investments in edition record and collection over a past few years, and followed an assertive “platform publishing” plan by that it posts calm to services such as Facebook and Apple’s News app.

Mr. Bezos has particularly formerly communicated with Washington Post executives about a significance of speed as it relates to a Post’s mobile experiences.

For Google, a PWA plan is one of a handful of initiatives it’s operative on in an try to urge a opening of a mobile web, on that it relies to assistance beget income for a several online promotion products.

The company’s hunt group has been operative on a plan called Accelerated Mobile Pages that many publishers have adopted to assistance bucket their calm some-more fast by stripping out formula from their pages, for example. Those pages are mostly related to from within Google hunt results.

The Post is regulating AMP record also. If a user taps a couple to a Post essay in Google hunt results, they will be served adult an AMP chronicle of a content, Mr. Prakash said. But if they subsequently daub a couple in that essay to pierce to another Post article, they will be destined to a PWA chronicle of a site.

“At Google we are operative tough to urge a approach a web works currently and build a improved web for a future. As a outcome we are saying a code new epoch of web growth that is heading to an blast of creation with technologies like AMP and PWA,” pronounced Rahul Roy-Chowdhury, clamp boss of product government for Google Chrome.

Write to Jack Marshall during Jack.Marshall@wsj.com