Google PageSpeed Insights Update

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Google PageSpeed Insights Update

Google Pagespeed Insights is a tool that allows users to enter a URL and find out how optimized their website is, on both desktop as well as on mobile devices.  It provides users with an array of data explaining a variety of things, from how quickly the website loads, to how you could make the website load more efficiently. Google rolled out a new update on Monday adding some more features to the program and increasing the amount of data available to users. The update now provides users with data from Lighthouse, which is a tool that Google provides which browses a website and gives users a detailed report on how optimized a website is.  While Lighthouse was already available to use in Chrome DevTools, adding it to Pagespeed Insights allows users to access the audit data that Lighthouse provides more easily. Here’s a look at the data that Lighthouse provides users in this new update to Pagespeed Insights:

 

Field Data:

Using the Chrome User Experience Report, Page Insights now provides data including First Contentful Paint and First Meaningful Paint.  This data provides you with information about how quickly certain content loads on the page. For example, First Meaningful Paint tracks how quickly the pixels of the website render to the screen of the mobile device or desktop.

Lab Data:

This information helps users analyze how quickly a page loads on a mobile device.  It uses a set of performance metrics much like Field Data, which analyzes how optimized the page is, including tracking things like Time to Interactive, which is a measure of how long it takes a website’s functionality features to be fully interactive.

Opportunities:

Another new feature that Insights provides is Opportunities.  This section highlights some areas that the page could be improved upon, including ways to increase the optimization of the website and how much those issues are effecting the websites load times.

Diagnostics:

This section provides you with data about the pages performance metrics on various parts of your website like Javascript and DOM size.

Audits:

This section gives you a list of all of the audits that your website passed.  There are a number of different audits that can be passed, including avoiding multiple page redirects, enabling text compression, efficiently encoding images, and avoiding enormous network payloads.

 

All of this data is highly useful when looking to optimize your websites loading times and make it as efficient as possible.  Now, not only can you receive a general score rating the optimization of your site, but you also receive a detailed report about the problem areas you should focus on optimizing, as well as more detailed data about how quickly various parts of your website load.  All of this data will make deciding which areas to focus on when optimizing your site even more straight-forward!

John Wagenkenecht
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