Recently Google started a new beta service to optimize the performance of websites, called PageSpeed Service. PageSpeed Service is an online service to automatically speed up loading of your web pages. PageSpeed Service fetches content from your servers, rewrites your pages by applying web performance best practices and serves them to end users via Google’s servers across the globe.
Google also offers best practice rules and analysis and optimization tools and SDK’s to make the web faster.
Steve Sounders started in 2010 the HTTP archive to track how the Web is built. Trends in web technology load times, download sizes, performance scores and much more can be downloaded to present statistics.
Responsive Web Design (RWD) and Lazy Loading are two ways to build a better web.
Mobitest by Akamai is a free mobile performance testing tool to give you a deeper understanding of how to improve your mobile website’s web performance. Mobitest can provide you with a video of your website loading, the HAR file of your runs, the average loadtime, and the average size of your mobile website. Mobitest is built off of the webpagetest.org framework and leverages real devices to extract the data.
Mobitest was open-sourced in march 2012.
Other web testing tools for mobile devices are MobileOK and MobiReady.
The Google websearch team just announced that they will now consider the speed it takes for a website to load when ranking it in Google search results on google.com.
”Site speed is just one of over 200 signals Google uses to determine search ranking, and because it’s a new signal, it doesn’t carry as much weight as the relevance of a page. In fact, less than 1% of all search queries on google.com are affected by the site speed signal”.
This factor may not play a major role now, but in future web consider this factor is going to have a great impact on web search results as it seems, so now it’s the time for all the webmasters our their to start thinking about their site page speed.
Google indicates the page performance in webmasters.google.com and recommends the open-source Firefox/Firebug Add-on Page Speed. Webmasters and web developers can use Page Speed to evaluate the performance of their web pages and to get suggestions on how to improve them.
Page Speed performs several tests on a site’s web server configuration and front-end code. These tests are based on a set of best practices known to enhance web page performance. Webmasters who run Page Speed on their pages get a set of scores for each page, as well as helpful suggestions on how to improve its performance.
14 rules for faster-loading web sites are described on the companion website of Steve Souders. These rules hev been tested on some of the most popular sites on the Internet and have successfully reduced the response times of those pages by 25-50%.