All Waimea Business website solutions get the extreme speed optimisation treatment as standard. We’ve been in the speed optimisation game for a long time, but the effort and coding skills that our technical geniuses have are reflected in some seriously fast websites. And let’s be honest – who doesn’t love a website that’s super fast?
Below you can see a measurement of Google PageSpeed Insights for one of the first Waimea Business websites we made. The result? 99 out of 100 for both desktop and mobile phones.
There aren’t many websites in the world that score this high. We can measure it with another very widely used and recognised tool: Pingdom Tools
A total load time – for the whole page, is just 175 ms (under 1/5 of a second!) It’s extremely fast! Pentecost also writes that it is “faster than 100% of all tested websites” – in other words, it is faster than all the other millions of sites tested with this popular tool.
They must think it’s quite good.
Why doesn’t the page score 100 out of 100?
The reason why the above site “only” scores 99 out of 100 on Google Pagespeed Insight is because we use Google Analytics. Google tracking script is called directly from Google’s server and has a relatively short expiration time, 2 hours to be exact. It reports Google Pagespeed Insight as an error, giving a point less in the measurement.
Technically, they’re right. Such a short expiration time means that users who haven’t downloaded the script within the last 2 hours must download it again. In reality, this never actually happens, because a lot of other websites use only Google Analytics, so most people who visit your website will already have a cached version of the script in the browser.
Instead of loading the script directly from Google, we can download it over a proxy server with a longer expiration time so we get the Pagespeed Score of 100 – but this will only slow the website down, as all users would need to download the script each time. But it will only make the website slow down, as all users then need to download the script. And even if it’s only 24 kb, we’d like to avoid it.