- Time: 10 minutes
- Difficulty: Easy
Probably, you haven’t heard a lot about Google PageSpeed Insights, because it’s relatively new service. It’s not so new, when you realise that it was released in June 2009 as an extension available for web browsers, however the actual full online version of PageSpeed came somewhere about 2011. This online version let’s you to test your websites loading speed online. It not only tests your loading speed, but it can find existing issues, which increases your websites loading time. It’s a little, but very useful tool, which could help you to decrease your loading time. However, there are a lot of more awesome things there, which makes this tool not so little at all. I am going to tell you 11 reasons why to start using Google PageSpeed Insights service.
- Totally free
- Very fast
- Feature to analyze website online
- Feature to analyze website with browser extension
- Perfect documentation(a lot of articles and videos)
- Active community
- PageSpeed Insights API for web developers
- Apache mod_pagespeed for web developers
- Open Source SDK for web developers
- Possibility to contribute to development process
- Flexible license for SDK(Apache License 2.0)
The online version of PageSpeed Insights can be found at Insights. Type in your website url in the input field and press analyze. It will analyze your website in seconds, and tell you all the existing issues. On the top your of your screen you will see how well your website scored. In my case, my main website(victorlava.com) have scored 52 points from 100. On the left you will see a short overview of your issues, click on the issue title to find out how to solve your problem. My website received 1 medium priority and 9 low priority issues. You are probably laughing now, because my website haven’t scored well. However, that’s because I haven’t optimized it yet.
Currently, there are extensions available only for Google Chrome and Firefox web browsers. These extensions could be find at Insights Extensions. They will test your website as same as the online version. I personally prefer this way of testing, because it’s more handy.
The Apache License 2.0 gives you enough of freedom to do what ever you want with SDK. I am not going to dive into the SDK stuff, however you can find more information about the SDK here.
I would like you to note that decreasing your websites loading time not only makes your website faster, reliable and more user friendly. Moreover, decreasing loading time can help you to lift your websites rankings up in the Google Search. It’s not a fairy-tale, currently, the Google Panda algorithm really takes into account your websites loading speed.
In my opinion, the PageSpeed Insights service has a lot of potential to make the web fast as the blink of eye. Moreover, I am guessing and hoping that someday it will be fully integrated with Google Webmaster Tools. The integrated version of these two services would be very handy. Why? Try to imagine that kind of power in one place. It would save a lot of time for everyday webmaster. Ttime is everything in today’s fast moving world.