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:
Page speed means that people won’t wait long for your site to initially load
A fast site means that people will spend more time on it
If people spend more time on your site, then they are more likely to buy
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.
Mrs Sweet and I at the summit of Mauna Kea today – went on a guided tour of Keck 2! #twitter #blog #keck #hawaii #maunakea #observatory #physics #astrophysics via Instagram http://instagr.am/p/VspNBCmrEa/
Silversword is one of the most endangered plants in the world and only live at high altitudes on the big island and Maui #hawaii #maunakea #silversword #summit #twitter #blog via Instagram http://instagr.am/p/VsBejrGrHI/
My lovely wife Sarah and colleague controlling the Keck 2 telescope from Mauna Kea Keck observatory headquarters in Kamuela Hawaii #keck #maunakea #astronomers #twitter #blog via Instagram http://instagr.am/p/Vpcs0NmrDV/
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.
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.
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.