Start using Web.Dev Measure

There's another tool available from Google that allows web admins and developers to test websites across a number of criteria. It's been around for a while, it's simple to use and it addresses all the aspect that Google is looking at for website compliance and performance. So start using web.dev Measure.

The tag line from the Measure home page is:

See how well your website performs. Then, get tips to improve your user experience. Sign in to track your progress over time.

You start by running tests on your site: enter your site's URL to see how well it performs across all audits. Each test comes with recommendations to improve your site's results.

How Measure... measures

web.dev uses Lighthouse, an open-source, automated tool for improving the quality of web pages. All tests are run using a simulated mobile device with a quad-core processor and throttled to a fast 3G network.

The Measure tool divides its tests into four key areas:

  • Performance
    Audits for metrics like first paint and time to interactive to determine lag.
  • Best Practices
    Looks for everything from HTTPS usage to correct image aspect ratios.
  • SEO
    Checks for best practices to ensure your site is discoverable.
  • Accessibility
    Checks for common issues that may prevent users from accessing your content.

While there are lots of website tools out there, including those built into Google's own analytics, Measure has key testing wrapped up in a convenient and self-contained online console. The best thing about it? It's free!

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