Back in April last year, Google announced that it would take page download speeds into account when indexing web pages; officially linking a website’s performance to search engine marketing. Google’s fixation with page speed took an addition last Thursday with the launch of Page Speed to Google Labs.
Page Speed analyses the performance of web pages and gives specific suggestions for making them faster. Page Speed is available from any browser. This allows website owners to get immediate access to Page Speed performance suggestions so they can make their pages faster.
The suggestions are divided into High, Medium and Low priority. The test, appropriately, runs in a matter of seconds. This site scored well with a grade of 91 out of 100. Here’s what Google suggests should be done to make up the 9 points:
That’s an analysis of desktop page speed; you can select to also run a mobile speed report.
There are also page speed extensions for Firefox and Chrome, as well as other code and instructions for developers on that page.