Tips for a Good PageSpeed Score
Google has rolled out their PageSpeed Insights tool, which you can run to test your website. This tool provides a glimpse as to how Google views your website and how it loads/renders on desktop computers as well as mobile devices. You ideally want a 100/100 score on mobile devices, user experience and desktop computers.
What Brings Your Score Down
We’ve done a lot of Google PageSpeed optimization on projects and websites, so we know which items really bring down your score. To help you, here are a number of items on a website that will negatively affect your PageSpeed score:
You might be using iframes and not really even know it. Do try to avoid using them because when you frame another page within pages on your website, the website visitor has to essentially load 2 websites, which is more connections. You also don’t have control over that other server but you’re forcing your website visitors to also load that page and it will slow down your website.
Facebook and Twitter Feeds
There are some good ways to use Facebook and Twitter feeds but using the code they give you to paste on your website will bring down your Google PageSpeed score.
External Bookmarking Tools
Widgets from External Websites – Weather Modules, Affiliates Code, Ad Banners
Similarly, third party services that downloads data from an outside source will likely have a negative effect on your PageSpeed score. They can be widgets like these:
- Weather modules
- Affiliate programs
- Ad banners
- Ticketing widgets
- (and others)
If what’s written above doesn’t make sense to you, then don’t panic – we’re here as geeks to help!
If you have a WordPress website, we can help you get a top score. We can even guarantee a score of 85 or higher if your website does not include any of the things listed above. If your website does use any of these things, you might still have a good chance of getting a good score. We can help!
What Helps You Get a Good PageSpeed Score
We’ve gone through some technical details about what negatively affects your score, so here are some things that improve your PageSpeed score:
Honestly, fast hosting can really help. You want SSD hosting, which uses solid state drives – versus the old hard drives that spin. Also make sure the hosting is optimized for WordPress. Getting onto private hosting works well, too. Basically, you want to be in a good neighborhood where everyone on the server is keeping their software up to date, not getting hacked or not trying to hack other websites. You want to be on the good side of the tracks.
Use a Good Theme
Lots of WordPress themes can either be bloated or might just not be built very well. We’ve outlined a few reasons above. Get one from a reputable source who has good ratings. Before buying a theme, test the theme using the Google PageSpeed Insights tool.
Don’t Use Code Snippets
Find other ways to accomplish what you want without using code snippets, which rely on other websites.
Whenever you upload images to your website, make sure they are optimized so that they are lean. They need to load fast.
Minify means to remove spaces. It kind of compresses the file down in size to help it load faster.
What Google Says
Here is the list that Google gives everyone:
- Leverage browser caching
- Optimize images
- Enable compression
- Minify HTML
- Minify CSS
- Avoid landing page redirects
- Prioritize visible content (prioritize the above-the-fold content)
- Reduce server response time
For the User Experience there are these items:
- Size tap targets appropriately
- Avoid plugins
- Configure the viewport
- Size content to viewport
- Use legible font sizes
If you read that and realize that there are a LOT of little details in website design and development… you would be right. It’s best to leave it to the experts but if you want to try, go ahead. I could work on my car but I’d rather pay a mechanic because they’ll do it right and they’ll do it faster. I’ve got better things to do.
It’s not often that Google gives everyone a tool to use to help get a website up to their standards, so when they do… it’s best to make darn sure you score the best you can.
If you need help with Google PageSpeed optimization, please contact Webstix today.