My website now has a Google Page Speed score of 95

Google Page Speed Score of 95 for www.matthewsweet.net

Google Page Speed Score of 95 for www.matthewsweet.net

I have now cracked a page speed score of 95 for Google Page Speed!

Update: it’s currently 94 :(
Update: it’s back to 95 :)

For the longest time while tweaking the site it hovered at the 89 mark. So after about six months of speed tweaking and a fair bit of research to get it over the 90 mark, I’m happy to say that it has gone even higher than I expected.

I plan on describing in detail how I have done this and also (more importantly) explain why having a fast website is a crucial business decision for anyone wanting to increase engagement metrics for a website.

More-over it will be a series of articles that I will use to launch my new website, SpeedTweaker.com (don’t go there yet, nothing to see so far)!

Here are a few reasons why a high Page Speed Score is important:

  1. Page speed means that people won’t wait long for your site to initially load
  2. A fast site means that people will spend more time on it
  3. If people spend more time on your site, then they are more likely to buy
  4. If people buy your products and it increases your bottom line, then it was a worthwhile exercise.

Getting a high Google Page Speed score is not a panacea, it’s more an indication that you are doing all the right things and headed in the right direction.

Site Speed is the real key, and not only does Site Speed play an important role in your overall user engagement on a site, but Google has now added page speed a a signal in their algorithm.

If you are looking for help making your website faster, feel free to contact me here.

Cairns 2012 total Eclipse photo including Venus – taken from the Atherton Tablelands

2012 Total elipse at Atherton near Cairns during totality

2012 Total solar eclipse at Atherton near Cairns during totality – Click for a larger version!

My Astro-Physicist wife and I have had a wonderful morning enjoying and photographing the Cairns total eclipse for 2012! We decided over 6 months ago to stay near Atherton about an hour’s drive from Cairns for the Eclipse.

Not only was accommodation scarce, but we felt that there was a higher chance of better weather up high on the tablelands, than down near the coast.

We were not disappointed!

Click through and scroll down for the Eclipse / Venus photo

Amazon AWS Data Centre announced for Australia

Amazon AWS now has a Sydney data center at Equinix down under

Amazon AWS now has a Sydney data center at Equinix down under

After being an AWS customer for the last 4 years, I have anxiously awaited an announcement for an Australian based AWS data centre for a long time!

Next week, Werner Vogels, the CTO of Amazon will unveil two new Sydney data centre locations based out of Equinux’s facilities. Continue reading “Amazon AWS Data Centre announced for Australia” »

The FISH! Philosophy – team building training courses for changing organisational culture

FISH! team building training courses logo

I got to use the awesome FISH! branding when I built the new FISH! section of the pd training site

A few years ago my Pastor, Ps Andrew showed us a very cool video at a morning staff meeting. It was a wonderful story about how a group of fish mongers kicked the habit of being constantly complaining about their work environment, co-workers, boss and general working conditions and just chose to live their work-lives in a less agressive and more positive way.

Something fundamental, deep down the culture of their company changed… and their message was so powerful that it went viral on Youtube a few years ago. Continue reading “The FISH! Philosophy – team building training courses for changing organisational culture” »

Google Analytics now plays the Sitar & Piano [April Fools]

Google Analytics piano and sitar playbackHipsters, now you can playback your website statistics while you enjoy a fresh cup of that crazy expensive coffee bean each morning.

Google has just released a new feature in Google Analytics that allows you to express your inner rock god by playing back your site statistics as though they were staves on parchment. You have the choice of two different instruments, the fairly pedestrian piano, and a rather exotic sounding sitar.

I must admit, I was sceptical at first, but after listening to a few staves of a site I’m currently working on, I could really hear the nuances!

I’m not sure how long the feature will last, but hopefully they will realise the benefit of listening to your stats while doing things like housework and taking cat pictures.

UPDATE: The Googlers responsible for this awesome April Fools joke are Leo Deegan (G+ Profile), who came up with the idea, and Sergey Yaroshenko (G+ Profile), the engineer who implemented it. Brilliant work guys :). Ben McCann suspected it was them.

Will the new iPad work on Telstra’s 4G network?

Apple iPad LTE not available in Telstra in AustraliaIn news that has disappointed many potential iPad buyers in Australia (including yours truly), the 4G LTE modem in Apple’s “new” iPad is not compatible with Telstra’s new spanking fast LTE network.

Telstra only took the wrapping off their LTE network a few months ago after extensive testing in Sydney yielded very satisfactory results.

There may be a consolation prize though.

Read on to find out what it is.