How do I use Google Pagespeed to analyze the performance of my website and how to understand its metrics and recommendations without being an expert even if I finally hire an expert?
Google PageSpeed Insights is a free tool that analyzes your website’s performance and provides recommendations for improvement. Here’s how you can use Google PageSpeed Insights to analyze the performance of your website:
- Go to the Google PageSpeed Insights website (https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/)
- Enter your website’s URL in the search bar and click the “Analyze” button.
- Wait for the analysis to complete, and then review the results. The results are divided into two sections: “Mobile” and “Desktop”.
- To understand the metrics and recommendations provided by Google PageSpeed Insights, here are some key terms and concepts:
- Speed Score: This is a score from 0 to 100 that summarizes the performance of your website. A higher score indicates better performance.
- Optimization Recommendations: These are suggestions for improving the performance of your website. The recommendations are divided into two categories: “Should Fix” and “Consider Fixing”.
- Time to Interactive (TTI): This is the time it takes for your website to become fully interactive and responsive to user input.
- First Contentful Paint (FCP): This is the time it takes for the first content to appear on the screen when your website loads.
- Largest Contentful Paint (LCP): This is the time it takes for the largest content element on your website to become visible.
- Cumulative Layout Shift (CLS): This measures the visual stability of your website, and takes into account how much the layout shifts during loading.
By understanding these metrics and recommendations, you can get a better idea of your website’s performance and make informed decisions about how to improve it. If you need more help with optimizing your website’s performance, you can hire a professional web developer for assistance.