3 min read(Last Updated On: December 20, 2017)

Hi, Hoz here. Today’s Ask Hoz question is: how do I use the Google speed test tool?  The video offers my complete answer, but let me expand on that here, whilst I have your attention.

There are many website speed checkers out there, but not all of them report the same metrics. Generally, these tools measure what they think is important when it comes to website speed optimisation.

So, with so many choices, which one should you be using? Well, I myself use 3 tools, because I like them (heh). But really, if we’re being honest, the one tool we should all be using as the de-facto is Google’s Page Insights.

About The Google Speed Test Tool…

Of all the tools, the Google speed test tool is arguably the one that we should all be using because it’s Google’s own tool and logic dictates that they’re testing for the things that matter to them, which are (or should be) the things that we need to get right in order to rank better in Google.

In the video below you’ll see me use the Google speed test tool to check my test website and see how optimised my site is and what issues there are when it comes to how fast my page loads.

Here you go:

Using Google Page Insights to Assess Your Website Speed

As I mention in the video, as far as speed testing tools this is certainly not the sexiest of tools, but it is still a must-have tool when it comes to gauging the optimisation of your web pages in terms of speed.

You can see in the video that my test website needs some work on the mobile side of things as well as on the desktop front. My initial scores are 82 out of 100 and 75 out of 100 for desktop and mobile respectively.

If page speed is a concern for you and you use Google fonts, you may want to consider not doing so and using standard fonts instead. You should decide what is best for you and your website based on the results of the test.

One usual issue that crops up when testing websites with these tools is js scripts. Luckily if you’re a WordPress user there are plugins that can help with minification, as you can see in my post about how to make WordPress faster, where I also show how to use these tools to check your optimisation.

Another usual suspect is render blocking JavaScript and CSS and above-the-fold content. Whilst it’s a little bit more complex dealing with this, you can nonetheless do so with the right plugin. Try Autoptimize if this is an issue for you and make sure you backup your website first.

Images are another speed hog and for this test I added some big unoptimised images to give the page some extra weight (and it worked, of course).

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I hope this quick tutorial helps you understand how to use this tool to test your website. Now go test!


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