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Improving Page Speed for AddThis Tools

Graphic showing rocket ship inside a browser with AddThis tools implemented.

A consistent point of feedback we hear from our users is how AddThis tools affect their page load speeds. We’re excited to share that our team is hard at work to address this issue!

First, we optimized our share buttons to be AMP-compatible and lightning fast. Yes, even our WordPress plugin integrates with the AMP plugin.

Next, our team is diligently working to reduce the actual size of our tools on the page.

What does this look like? Much of the work we’re currently focused on is foundational; this will lay the groundwork to streamline future improvements.

This includes updating our current toolset and addressing tech debt. For example, after conducting research, our team found a smaller, faster alternative to React, which we were using for our JavaScript library. We then replaced React with a new library called Preact.

Doing this helped us reduce our file size by 70% in certain use cases.

We’re continuing to explore new technologies and opportunities, like the one above, to optimize our tools. We’ll keep you posted on the progress.

In the meantime, if you have any questions or feedback, feel free to reach out to our amazing support team at help@addthis.com!