Why is my website slow? What can I do to speed up my website? How can I test the speed that my web pages load? This brief article should help answer some of these questions.
How important is page speed?
I have mentioned elsewhere when discussing SEO that how quick or how long it takes for a page to load can have not only an impact on how well your pages do in search engine results, but also have an impact on how easy or frustrating a site can feel to a visitor.
Simply put, even if you web pages look great when they’re complete, if they’re slow to load because they have been built with too much bloated code, large images and are unnecessarily complex, your visitors and potential customers are not likely to stick around. Plus they’ll also be using more mobile network data than is necessary.
Google’s PageSpeed Insights
This is a tool which Google provides so that the overall load time of an individual web page can be assessed. The page score is given out of 100, with specific weightings given to different aspects of the page load, as a representation of a user’s perception when accessing the page.
I am not going to be providing any kind of tutorial here, because I simply want to show some examples of websites and how well or how poorly they score in Google’s Page Speed Insights.
Google’s PageSpeed Insights Examples
In fairness to the website owners of the some of the examples I have shown, I have blanked out the website address. Many of those examples have been built using WordPress by web design agencies. I want to stress that I didn’t cherry pick the worst examples I could find, this was a random selection.
The examples I have shown with scores over 90 are websites we have built here at Targa.
Try a couple of real live examples for yourself. These links will test the mobile version of the web page, but you will see a tab in the upper left of the screen where you can view the desktop analysis too. Note that the page will open in a new tab.
Live page speed test: Targa Web
Live page speed test: Car Body Repairs
About the author: Daron Harvey started building websites and working on SEO back in 1996. From 2000 spent 20 years in eCommerce, project managing and maintaining global multi-lingual websites. Subsequently founded Targa Web Design, specialising in website design, UX and SEO.