Page Speed Testing

While themes are built to be fast loading with good speed scores, as you build out your pages with more images, video, and other content, it can affect your page load speeds and speed scores.

Limecube continue to improve Google Page Speed Insights scores in different releases, to keep up with Google's own continued changes with what they deem as important for page speed.

Managing page speed

Pagespeed is broken down in 2 ways as to what can be managed to improve speed:

1. What you are able to change yourself

The types of items that you can change to improve site speed are:

  1. Images
  2. Video (unfortunately the scripts in YouTube and Vimeo do make videos loading on a page have a lower site score, even though they can load very fast visually)
  3. Content
  4. Any third party scripts you have added onto the site. This is often a big one. Many 3rd party scripts for tracking can be big culprits for causing site speed problems. These will cause issues no matter what platform you use it on and can only be fixed by the provider of that script.
Tip - Optimising images: Limecube automatically optimise your images with all elements that include an image except for the content element. However we still optimise based on the size of the image you upload. A 5mb image will still never optimise as well for page speed as a 200kb image.

While there is no black and white answer on the optimal size of an image to upload. Here are a few tips that may help:
1) For banners - Try and avoid uploading images larger than 150-200kbs
2) For content images - try and keep these under 100kbs

2. What the Limecube platform changes

The types of items that you need Limecube control to improve site speed are what is 'under the hood'. Examples are:

  1. The server the site sits on and where everything loads from
  2. The scripts that make the website function
  3. The code of each theme

Metrics for what is considered to be good site and page speed continue to change and evolve over time. Limecube continues with in every few releases (or sometimes more frequently) to continuously improve site speed metrics and will continue to do so.


Free tools

Here are some tools to help you keep an eye on page speed and page speed scores:

Google PageSpeed Insights

Click here to use this tool.

GTmetrix

Click here to use this tool. Make sure to change the region of the test to suit the region(s) your site will be working in.

Page load time Chrome Plugin

Click here to visit the install page.

Image Optimisation Tool

Compressnow is great for retaining good quality while reducing the overall file size significantly.

Click here to view their website.

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