Let’s go through the 3 online page speed tools which we use to check our website speed performance. Not only that these tools checks how fast your website loads, but it runs a full audit on every files being requested by the browser and it lets you know which areas to improve.
At the end of the page speed test, the tool will provide you a score (0-100), a grade (A-F), and the total time it took to load your website.
To run a test on your WooCommerce website, there are few pages where we want you to test the page speed performance, namely:
- Your Home Page URL
- Your Shop Page URL (/shop)
- Your Product Page URL (/product/product-name)
- Your Blog Post Page
So the general rule of thumb here is that you want to achieve a page loading speed of less than 3 seconds and the higher the grade score the better is your website speed performance.
But don’t put so much importance into getting the perfect score because that means you have to forego certain functionality of your website or reducing your amount of content. We recommend you to instead find a balance between ease of running your store, amount of loaded contents and speed performance.
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Google PageSpeed Insights
Visit Google PageSpeed Insights website. Use this tool if you want to check your website score for both mobile and desktop. The desktop score are generally higher with higher speed index as compared to the mobile score because the test uses mid-range mobile phones on a 3G network.
Visit https://tools.pingdom.com/. Use the Pingdom Website Speed Test if you’re interested to know how your website loads at different parts of the world. So let’s say your web server is located in Hong Kong. Your visitors from Hong Kong would experience faster loading speed as compared to your visitors from the United States.
If your website uses Cloudflare / CDN, run the test 2 times to see that your website speed actually loads faster the 2nd time because your content would be already cache at the edge server.
Visit https://gtmetrix.com/. GTMetrix is about the same as Pingdom Tools excepts that it has more test criteria.
How to Improve Your Website Page Speed?
Here’s our basic tip for fast loading page speed:
- Use SSD-based VPS Web Hosting with minimum 1GB RAM.
- Choose your web hosting server location closer to the majority of your visitors.
- Use Content Delivery Networks (CDN) for your static content.
- Use high performance WordPress theme.
- Reduce the number of dependent WordPress plugins.
- Compress your photos and images to the right size and image quality.
Over at our company, we love to help our clients improve their website loading speed. Purchase our WordPress Support Package and experience website speed faster than 70% of the average websites.