When it comes to website speed, slow and steady does not win the race! So, early on I learned how to check my website speed, and I monitor my page speed on a regular basis. If you’re a new website owner, I urge you to do the same!
Why is page speed so important? For two overwhelmingly important reasons.
Website speed is a huge priority when it comes to creating a positive user experience for your readers. Whether using a desktop or mobile device, readers demand instantaneous loading speeds. If your site can’t deliver, potential customers will be rushing off to view the competition.
Additionally, we also know that page speed is one of 200+ Google ranking factors. Speed has to significantly impact ranking, right? Google’s focus is “ensuring that people access the information they need.” And, that entails serving up the most relevant information at blazing speeds!
So, if you’re obsessing over your site’s page speed, I get it! We’re shooting for load speeds of 2 seconds or fewer and every additional second counts because site abandonment rates quickly start to rise.
Let’s talk about ways I’ve found to easily check, monitor, and improve this critical metric for my site! These approaches will work for you as well.
How to Check Website Page Speed
There are various sites on the Internet that webmasters use to check page speed. Some of them are very intensive and can place enormous stress on your website so be cautious in making your choice. The best tool to use (and the only one you really need) is Google PageSpeed Insights.
Conventional wisdom says that a score greater than 80 out of 100 is extremely good and 90 is extraordinary. Conversely, if your scores are below 80, you have some work to do to enhance the experience for your visitors. Fortunately, this superior testing site outlines steps you can take to implement improvements.
As the screenshot above clearly shows, my overall website performance is great on both desktop and mobile devices. These scores are very satisfying and a huge relief because I can now focus my efforts where they belong which is adding quality content.
Here are a few key factors that come into play as part of Google’s analysis of your website.
- Image Optimization
- Server Response Times
- Mobile Responsiveness
How I Achieved Improvements in My Website Page Speed
I will point out that I use WordPress as my site builder and Content Management System which Wikipedia confirms is the most popular platform on the Web. My choice of WordPress is significant to the discussion of page speed in at least two major respects.
WordPress is an open source application, and as a result, there are many theme choices and plugins available. While most WP themes are mobile responsive today, I tested several options and selected a theme with a particular emphasis on responsiveness.
For an established website, image optimization becomes essential. Appealing graphics are a hugely important element of any website because most readers are visual and pictures communicate information rapidly and very efficiently. And yet, graphic files are often extremely large and can bog your site down.
I have a lot of images on my site and have tried various approaches to compress my graphics. The best approach I’ve found is a plugin called EWWW Image Optimizer. I recommend this free plugin based on the achievement of additional enhancements for images that were already compressed.
As a solopreneur without either a staff of designers or a great deal of technical expertise in coding, I rely heavily on my web hosting services and that reliance has not been misplaced. Back in April 2017, one of the co-founders of Wealthy Affiliate (Kyle Loudoun) blogged about innovative updates to server technology that have cracked the Site Speed code.
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Make no mistake. Website speed matters!
Increasing your website speed has a dramatic impact on traffic and revenue because it leads to an overall improvement in customer satisfaction and higher rankings in Google. I sincerely hope this post on how to check my website speed provided some valuable insights.
I want my site loading with the speed of the hare and not the tortoise, lol!
Over to You
How does your website perform on this all-important issue of loading speed? What’s your score? My readers and I would love to hear any insights you can share. Please drop a line in the comment section below.
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