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How to improve page speed of your website?

Test my site (thinkwithgoogle.com)

https://testmysite.thinkwithgoogle.com/

Test a site to see out it’s page speed and how it performs on a mobile and desktop device. There is a speed test score with recommendations on how to fix them.

Screenshot of the Google site tester

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Google Mobile page speed scorecard

https://www.thinkwithgoogle.com/feature/mobile/

An easy-to-use tool that allows you to compare your mobile speed with other companies​.​

The Speed Scorecard shows the speeds of thousands of sites from 12 countries across the globe. It’s powered by Chrome User Experience Report, the largest database of real-user latency data for how Chrome users experience popular destinations on the web.

Google mobile Speed Scorecard

In addition to the scorecard Google have also introduced the Impact calculator. This provides a framework that reflects the work Google regularly undertake with mSEO teams to help quantify the business impact of making speed based changes to a mSite.

Impact calculator

PageSpeed Insights

https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/

PageSpeed Insights analyzes your web page to see how fast it loads in a Desktop PC or mobile device. It then generates suggestions to make that page faster.

Google page speed tool

Waterfaller.dev

waterfaller.dev

Useful tool to see how your website performs for Google’s Core web vitals scores. It gives you information on what is slowing your page, has a detailed Waterfall for each element so your web developer knows what to work on.

Cost: Free

Check your core web vitals score with waterfaller.dev

Webpagetest.org

www.webpagetest.org

Run a website speed test from multiple locations around the globe using real browsers (IE and Chrome) and at real consumer connection speeds. I recommend testing your site with the 1.5Mb 3G connection to replicate a typical mobile user. You can run simple tests or perform advanced testing including multi-step transactions, video capture, content blocking and much more.

Top Tip: If you wish to save all the waterfall images, you can export a HTTP Archive (.har) and view this data in full using a .HAR viewer like http://www.softwareishard.com/har/viewer/

webpagetest.org page speed test for a mobile user

geSpeed Insights (with PNaCl)

http://bit.ly/1Ug245O

Really useful plugin for the Chrome browser, for doing page speed tests on URLs that are hidden behind login screens.

Screenshot of PageSpeed Insights (with PNaCl) plugin for Chrome

Gtmetrix

https://gtmetrix.com/

Check the speed performance with data from Page speed and Yslow.

GT Metrix speed performance

Video comparison

http://webpagetest.d.ecommera.net/videoCompare.php

Free tool to generate a comparison of load speed between 2 sites and output a video of the 2 pages loading at the same time. It can also check mobile versions as well.

Pagespeed - to generate a comparison of load speed between 2 sites

How to carry out a website technical audit?

Set your preferences in your Google account settings when doing local searches or tech audits.

https://www.blog.google/products/search/making-search-results-more-local-and-relevant/

Need to know if that UX change worked or see if your users are seeing that dynamic content change? This will help.

https://www.simoahava.com/analytics/element-visibility-trigger-google-tag-manager/

SEO Pythonistas

Many techincal SEO scripts written in Python ranging from checking number of pages indexed, checking rendering issues on a large scale, create a simple XML sitemap, parsing robots.txt, etc.

https://datastudio.google.com/u/0/reporting/7f1e5232-16ca-4d23-89c9-a6df711aac66/page/zaR1B

List SEO tools built with Python