Your site needs to load quickly on mobile devices. You can have the best user experience in the world, but if it loads slowly, no one will wait around to find out.
To help me select a theme with satisfactory mobile performance, I checked the Google PageSpeed for each one. PageSpeed is a measure of how quickly and effectively your site loads on desktop and mobile screens. It may also be effective for you as a quick way to rate your site performance.
Here’s how to check your score:
- Go to Google PageSpeed: https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/.
- Enter your URL in the field and click “Analyze.”
- You will see your mobile speed ranked from 1 to 100, with 100 being the best. Be sure to click the desktop tab to see that score as well. There is also a user experience score that is separate from speed.
- Google also has an additional measurement called the Mobile-Friendly Test, which will not give you a score but will tell you if the text is too small, links are too close, etc. I didn’t find this one quite as valuable because for the most part you already know this, but you may find it more useful than I did.
How does my site compare?
There is not a lot of agreement on what is considered a “good” or “above average” score, but I have read that 80 is a good ballpark.
Here are scores from popular sites, if you want to see how you compare.
|New York Times||63||18|
|Bank of America||44||74|
Google PageSpeed Scores, assessed December 10, 2014
Developer communities have described the fact that PageSpeed considers other factors besides load time. It isn’t clear what those other factors are, but sites have been shown to score differently on different days based on traffic, server response times and more. So be aware that you may see some fluctuations, and do your best to use the same conditions when checking, such as the same time of day.
While the measure isn’t perfect, Google PageSpeed provides a benchmark for your site’s performances in a way that can easily be tracked over time. In my case, I recorded the score of the demo site for each theme and found several that I was happy with. I am pleased to say that this helped me find a theme that fit perfectly and appeared to have a better mobile load time.
What about you? What other tools do you use to measure your site’s performance?