This tutorial will help you check the performance of your website and provide you with some possible reasons why your website may be getting poor scores on Googles Lighthouse. Lighthouse is a tool that is available in the Chrome browser that lets you check how well your website is performing in four different areas, performance, best practices, accessibility and SEO. Below is a screenshot of Lighthouse in the developer tools in a Chrome browser.
As you can see, the scores are pretty good for this website we built with a score of 97 out of 100 for performance. The reason behind this score is the way files, images and code are organised and minified to make them use as little bandwidth as possible. This is not only good for the end user which gets the page loaded fast but also it is really good for your SEO too as Google has now made page speed a ranking factor.
To check the performance and other issues with your website, open your website in the Google Chrome browser then right click on the web page you want to audit and click on Inspect.
This will open the developer tools, you should then look for and click on the Lighthouse tab. Once the panel is open, make sure that the performance checkbox is ticked (you can also tick the SEO, Accessibility and Best Practices if you want to check those too) and click on Generate report. This will then take a few seconds to analyse your website and show you the results.
If the results come back all showing in green like in the screenshot at the beginning of this article, your website is at an acceptable standard but if you have low scores showing in amber or red colours then it might be a good idea to optimise the files and images on your site.
Contact us if you would like to use our website optimisation service, we can provide you with a free audit and a competitive quote to get your site up to speed.