Optimising Your Website

When it comes to fast loading times and more you’ll want to make sure optimising your website is on your to-do list!

How optimising your website benefits you?

Optimising your website can really help you out in the long run, making your website load faster, use less bandwidth and get a higher ranking in Google.

along with giving you great benefits, it’s awesomely simple to do too.

How to optimise your website?

So optimising your website is simple, though there are multiple ways to go about it.

The first way to go about it is via the Google Chrome development console audit (also known as Lighthouse).

The second way is my favourite way, via GTMetrix. This site will scan your website and show you a whole host of items, more on this later.

Using Google’s Lighthouse Audit

Google has a built-in function in their Chrome browser called Lighthouse, lighthouse is a website audit that will give you scores on various good practices and a whole array of other items.

To get started using Google Lighthouse just right click on the page > inspect element, then in the developer area on the tab, press the audit tab as shown below:

How to access the Google Audit program

How to access the Google Audit program

Next, you’ll just want to press the “perform an audit” button, then select what options you wish to perform an audit for.

Once the audit has finished, your developer toolbox should look something along the lines of this:

Picture of Googles web auditing software Lighthouse

Picture of Google’s web auditing software Lighthouse

Here google gives you all the information on the best practices, opportunities to improve your website and plenty of other useful information. If you aren’t ever sure how to execute an option, they have very handy articles you can look at just by clicking the “learn more”.

They allow you to measure a sites SEO score, performance, accessibility and use of the best practices, along with a progressive web app audit, very handy for those of you looking to test your web app.

Now overall Google audit program is very useful for me, I often find myself using it at times to measure the performance and accessibility of a website in order to make improvements to the website. Along with that, it allows us website developers to better push SEO results because of their SEO auditing. Very neat!

So if you’re looking to measure and improve on your websites performance, and accessibility, Lighthouse is your friend here.

Using GTMetrix

Now GTMetrix has been a long favourite of mine as there are several features it offers that really make it great. GTMetrix is a website optimisation tool that makes it clear and easy to what you need to optimise on your own website.

When getting started on GTMetrix all you will need is your domain URL. Head over to https://gtmetrix.com and paste your URL into the “Enter URL to Analyze” search bar, then press analyze.

GTMetrix Search bar

GTMetrix Search bar

Now GTMetrix will analyse your site and give you recommendations on what to do, along with a PageSpeed and a YSlow rating. Provided these scores are in the A’s your website is optimised.

Now all the above methods are mainly targetted at the front-end (so how long it takes to load up on a web browser etc.). Having your website optimised will bring you more traffic in the long term, thus meaning your site will start to become more relevant. Other benefits include faster loading times and better browser rendering.

So it is definitely worth optimising your site, you’ll spend around 30 minutes optimising your site, what’s worth it in the long run for the added benefits it brings!

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Shay Punter

Shay Punter is a specialist website designer, who likes to talk about programming and websites!

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