Is your website fit and healthy? Check your page speed!

Building a website is only the beginning, the next part is tending and fine tuning it until it performs for you.

One of the top things to check here is that your website is not slow, by checking your page speed. This is a measure of how quickly your website loads and affects both the user experience for your visitors and customers as well as the ranking that Google will give you in search results. It is one of the best ways to make a significant improvement to your website.

There are plenty of ways to check this, from putting the website url in the address bar of your browser and starting a stop watch to tools that go into huge detail in terms of how your website is performing and where you can improve things.

I always believe in starting simple, and for that reason I would suggest using Lighthouse (for users of Google Chrome).

This tool is inbuilt in Chrome, so there’s no faffing to get a report on your website.

It runs best in an incognito window to avoid interference from any extensions etc that you have installed in your browser.

Rather than bore you with lots of text about how to run a speed check with Lighthouse, here’s a quick video to walk you through it.

Accessibility is also really important in your website performance, and Lighthouse will give you feedback on how your site is performing on accessibility as well.

Why not run the report and let us know how you get on?

Pssst! Pass it on!

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