An Overview of the Source
The next thing we can see is a consistent reliance on CDN-powered assets. Six (or seven if you’re IE) external stylesheets and eight external scripts (some loaded asynchronously) are all coming from various CDNs. We can also immediately see that Kickstarter at least partially supports IE, all the way back to IE6. All of these assets are minified and, when applicable, compressed.
Further inferences can be made about the Kickstarter Team’s approach to CSS; a
compass.css file is loaded just after a
fonts.css file, likely generated by Compass and Sass. These are the first two style files loaded.
Kickstarter utilizes Facebook connect as well as the Apple touch/iPad link icons for saving web apps to the home screen of iOS.
Kickstarter is also using a variety of analytics services. Quantcast, Mixpanel, New Relic, Chartbeat, andGoogle Analytics scripts are all included on the page.
Not surprisingly, Kickstarter relies on jQuery and/or Zepto, depending on the situation.