Last Updated: February 25, 2016
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performance boost on fixed background image

Sometimes you need a fixed background-image that, in most cases, covers the background.

The usual approach is to set the CSS-attributes background-attachment: fixed; and background-size: cover;

To get a performance boost (at least in chrome), you can take the background to a before element.

I got this method from the following blog-post, where you can read it in more detail:

https://fourword.fourkitchens.com/article/fix-scrolling-performance-css-will-change-property

So this is how its done normally:

.fixed-background {
  @include clearfix;
  border-top: 10px solid rgba(255, 255, 255, .46);
  background-color: white;
  background: url('/img/bg.jpg') no-repeat center center;
  background-attachment: fixed;
  background-size: cover;
  color: $white;
  padding-bottom: 4em;
}

And this gets you loaded faster:

.fixed-background {
  @include clearfix;
  border-top: 10px solid rgba(255, 255, 255, .46);
  color: $white;
  padding-bottom: 4em;
  overflow: hidden; // added for pseudo-element
  position: relative; // added for pseudo-element

  // Fixed-position background image
  &::before {
    content: ' ';
    position: fixed; // instead of background-attachment
    width: 100%;
    height: 100%;
    top: 0;
    left: 0;
    background-color: white;
    background: url('/img/bg.jpg') no-repeat center center;
    background-size: cover;
    will-change: transform; // creates a new paint layer
    z-index: -1;
  }
}

thats it.