this is something several of you asked me about.
Our goal is always to try to make our websites load as fast as possible. To “help us”, Google created a tool called “PageSpeed”, and in fact there are several other similar services, which give your site a score based on how optimized it is.
Unfortunately, these insights are often misleading. They do not measure the actual loading time. Instead, they want you to follow certain general rules, which, however, are never applicable to all websites and it is therefore nonsense to try to achieve a score of 100.
Some of the tips are absurd and I will show you a few examples, but before I do so, I want to emphasize one thing – I am of course trying to make the template more and more optimized with each version, next version will again be faster, but I just want to show you why you should not believe blindly what these services tell you.
Here are some examples:
- these tools will always suggest to you to cache files – which is USUALLY good thing, but I am sure you would probably not like very much if I set caching of your webcam image to what Google suggested to me – i.e. 2 hours
Google PageSpeed is definitely a nice tool and it is useful as a quick check. But once you run it, you should simply go and see what is applicable and what not and not try to do everything that is suggested, just to reach a score of 100 🙂
But again – I am of course trying to make your page faster, for example, in the next version, most of the icons will be SVGs, which greatly increase the loading speed and there will be some more improved caching methods and script optimizations. I just want you to keep the above in mind and not think – oh, my site is not 100/100, I need to make these changes and this of course does not apply just to Meteotemplate, if you have other websites, do these tests, see if they can be helpful, but don´t blindly follow what these automatically generated tips suggest to you.