Does your site load content steadily like the tortoise, or wait until the race is almost over before it kicks into high gear, like the hare? In the race to provide the best user experience, steady is best. That’s why Google PageSpeed Insights measures your WordPress Speed Index to determine how your site content loads over time.
The Speed Index can tell you if you’re providing enough visual feedback as your site loads. It’s an important metric for understanding what your visitors are experiencing.
In this post, I’ll show you how Speed Index is calculated, how to run a WordPress Speed Index test in Chrome and tell you what you should be aiming for. Then, we’ll cover some techniques you can use to improve your Speed Index.
What is Speed Index in Lighthouse?
Lighthouse is the open source tool Google PageSpeed Insights utilizes to analyze a webpage.
Lighthouse grades your webpage on the following criteria:
Is it being served from a secure location?
Is it accessible for all users?
Are visitors who are on unreliable network connection (like those on mobile) able to reach it? » Read More