Testing, testing and some more testing
One of my objectives with this site is to test its speed at every stage. I’m using GTMetrix as my main testing method. It’s a tool that will test a site with Google PageSpeed and YSlow and display results with useful explanations of the different test criteria.
Additionally, I’m using WebPageTest which gives similar results that are presented in a different format.
It’s clear that by testing more frequently I’ll identify problems sooner.
I’m hoping to maintain an A grade in all tests. The score is just an indicator though. I’m looking at each area and the page loading times in more depth after a test.
Results so far
It’s early days but so far I’m doing great (even if I do say so myself!).
Yet, there are a couple of issues I need to address at the next stage. Add gzip compression and set-up some caching expiry dates for different file types in my .htaccess file. Here’s a detailed explanation of how to use the .htacess file for compression and gzip.
I will be doing more work on image optimisation when I have added more images.