Understanding your site’s performance is essential to optimizing your website. Without data, you can’t know where your site stands and where it can improve.
However, if you want to collect meaningful data, it’s not quite as simple as just plugging in your site’s URL to a single speed test tool and calling it a day.
It’s important to pay attention to the specific configuration of your test – adjusting the location, device, and connection speed to get an accurate picture of how your site will perform for different types of users.
Once you have the data, you also need to understand the different metrics and what they mean. Fixing a slow Time to First Byte might require different tactics than improving your Largest Contentful Paint time, though there’s always some overlap in terms of performance best practices.
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