You’ve probably heard that your website should load in under 2 seconds.
Did you know the average web page size in 2017 was ~2.4 Mb?
And the median page size was ~1.9 Mb.
That doesn’t mean much unless you know that Google recommends a maximum page size of ~500 Kb for optimum mobile performance.
5 Tools to help you measure your website performance
Originally developed by AOL, this is an open source project now supported by Google. On cable connections, the median Speed Index score is 3,519; the top 10th percentile is <1,388.
In addition to free performance measurement tools – this site provides uptime monitoring starting at $9.95/month.
Be sure to choose a test location that best represents your target audience.
- Google PageSpeed Insights
Probably the most well-known and popular testing tool. Provides benchmarks for desktop and mobile views. Good scores > 80. Medium scores are 60 – 79. Below 59 implies significant opportunities for improvement.
Also provides performance-optimized managed hosting.
But wait that’s only 4 tools! Well, GTMetrix leverages Google PageSpeed and Yahoo YSlow scores, so you get 2 results-for-1!
Website Performance Benchmarks
Limitations of Website Performance Metrics
Not all measurement tools are created equal. For example, many tools do not evaluate whether your website hosting server runs under HTTP/2. Because HTTP/2 allows multiple, concurrent browser downloads, performance recommendations like concatenation (‘combining web server assets’ – e.g. image sprites) is less important. And tools generally don’t analyze DNS optimization efforts like the quality of your domain registrar and TTL (Time To Live) values.
If your site is not running optimally, please contact me to discuss performance optimization.