PageSpeed Insights just got smarter, and it’s now using real-world data for even more in-depth suggestions. Could this be one of the clearest mirrors for developers to see themselves and their creations through the ever wandering-eyes of Google?
The tool provides information about how well a page performs and adheres to a set of best practices. Since optimization will be key to the new ranking system Google is rolling out, having a high score is vital for a website to have a real chance to organic traffic.
Before the update, the generated recommendations were given without any context about how fast a page was actually performing on an actual browser. That made it a bit difficult for developers to know when to apply optimizations generated by PageSpeed Insights since they had no benchmarking.
However, Google recently announced that PageSpeed Insights will be using data from the Chrome User Experience Report to provide much more detailed recommendations and optimizations. This means that the reports will no longer be mere suggestions, but will be accompanied by meaningful performance figures to compare and to create a benchmarking system for the website.
According to Google, the PSI report now has several different elements: