Google PageSpeed Insights is an online tool created by Google to help website owners optimize and test their websites. This tool tests your website against Google’s guidelines for speed and offers suggestions to improve your site’s page load time. It shows you a score based on the number of rules that your site passes. Most websites get somewhere between 50-70. However, some website owners feel compelled to achieve 100 (the highest a page can score).
Do You Really Need the Perfect “100” Google PageSpeed Score?
The purpose of Google PageSpeed insights is to provide you guidelines to improve the speed and performance of your website. You are not required to follow these rules strictly.
This method is simpler and recommended for most users.
The first thing you need to do is install and activate the Autoptimize plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin. Upon activation, you need to visit the Settings » Autoptimize page to configure the plugin settings.
How does it work?
This method requires a little more work and is recommended for users already using the W3 Total Cache plugin on their website. First, you will need to install and activate the W3 Total Cache plugin. If you need help, then see our guide on how to install and setup W3 Total Cache for Beginners. Next, you need to visit the Performance » General Settings page and scroll down to the Minify section.
Next, you need to click on the ‘Add script’ button and then start adding script URLs that you copied from the Google PageSpeed tool. Once you are done, scroll down to the CSS section and then click on the ‘Add a stylesheet’ button. Now start adding stylesheet URLs you copied from Google PageSpeed tool.
Now click on the ‘Save settings and purge cache’ button to store your settings. Visit the Google PageSpeed tool and test your website again. Make sure that you also test your website thoroughly to see that everything is working fine.