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PageSpeed Insights – What are they and why do they matter?

How can I get my site to load faster? This is something we’ve all asked ourselves at some point. Fortunately Google, and other companies, now provide an online tool that allows you to measure the performance of your desktop and mobile sites. All you have to do is go to Google PageSpeed Insights and paste your site’s URL into the search bar. You’ll be given a score from 0 to 100 followed by a list of recommendations to improve your site’s score.

When measuring how your site can improve its performance, Google PageSpeed Insights looks at two main areas. Firstly, ‘time to above-the-fold load’, which is the elapsed time from the moment a user requests a new page, to the moment the above-the-fold content is rendered by the browser. The second area is ‘time to full page load’, which is the elapsed time from the moment a user requests a new page to the moment the page is fully rendered by the browser. 

Each suggestion provided by Google is given a colour code, which indicates how important the suggested change is to your site’s performance. Green indicates your site performance is good. Yellow suggestions are those that you should consider fixing, but aren’t crucial, and the red suggestions are those that will have a considerable impact on site performance if fixed. 

If you’re interested in improving your site’s speed, but aren’t sure where to start, feel free to call us on 0800 081 1688 for more information on how Spiderscope can help! 


 

Posted by: Spiderscope on April 3rd, 2017 @ 3:07 PM

Tagged with: google algorithm update Google Optimisation google update Mobile Optimisation PageSpeed Insights responsive website

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