I did a quick test website speed test over at Pingdom a few minutes ago to see how this site was performing and I’ve pasted the result below which is pretty good, even if I do say so myself. ;-). But this has not much to do with me. It is more to do with a great WordPress framework (Genesis), Good developer (via oDesk), and great hosting (DigitalOcean). DigitalOcean is not an actual host, it is a Linux based VPS service which I use for a few projects. It’s targeted more at developers or the more technically capable. But if you are, they are great!
The output of this service is more than just a simple time and grade, the also give you a breakdown of the individual components of your site and their specific loading times as you can see below.
This kind of result is good not only for the users experience but also for your websites ranking as Google & Bing take into account website loading time as in indication of quality (so I understand). So if you are building a blog or a company website, be sure to check it’s speed using a tool such as Pingdom.
You should also check out Google Page Speed Insights. It is a utility within the Google Developers site. Free to use and gives you an indication of your site performance on mobile and desktop. It also gives you a rundown of what you should try to do to improve the site’s performance.
Here’s the kind of output you get from this facility for a mobile rendering.
And this is what you see in the desktop section.
It gives you a set of rules and little bits of advice that are specific to the results of your site test so check it out. Most of them are quite easy to implement. Speed is definitely something to keep an eye on. Even the simplest thing like an image size can have a negative effect. In fact I’ve put together a free tool to help with the image compression (FastPicSizes.com). As you can see from the results, this site loads fast, but there are still improvements that can be made. So I’ve got some work to do.
So in summary faster website = better user experience = better search engine ranking = more revenue = happy you!
How fast does your site load? I’d really like to hear from you. Let me know below.