Testing WordPress Site Loading For Real Users

07 Nov, 2023

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Hi everyone, welcome back to another video.

In this video, I will show you the best and easy method to analyze the loading speed of your WordPress website. That too, without installing any plugins or relying on 3rd party services.

Many people use third-party applications and services to measure the performance of their WordPress websites, such as Google PageSpeed Insights, Pingdom, and GTmetrix.

These performance metrics tools often use simulated devices and network connections. And then run the test based on predefined audit variables.

And then, we have WordPress optimization and caching plugins like LiteSpeed Cache, WP Rocket, and hundreds of other plugins.

When you install and finetune these plugins, you often get a higher score on the Google PageSpeed Insight test. 

Do you know how?

That’s easy. Let me tell you that.

They know the audit performance metrics and how to pass them in the audit. So these plugins carefully developed their optimization techniques to satisfy Google PageSpeed Insights.

However, strangely, when humans access your website, they won’t see the same speed and performance boost. These applications are designed to pass these audit metrics and not improve your website page speed for the actual user.

Do you know why?

Because we always make ourselves happy to see a good score on such tests. Yet, we failed to provide the same experience to the actual visitors of our website.

Of course, I’m not saying that you should not use those plugins. Features like lazy loading, delaying JavaScript files, and minifying CSS will improve the performance for both human visitors and bots.

So in this video, I will show you how you can measure the actual loading speed of your WordPress website.

We won’t be using any simulated network and device for the test. We don’t even need to install any extensions or plugins, as I said earlier. We will rely on our already installed web browser.

So for this demo, I will use my Mozilla Firefox web browser. You can use your favorite web browser for this test. The process is the same in any modern web browser.

Remember, we only focus on the page loading time and nothing else in this video.

We will test Rovity’s official website, and it is already open here.

So now, I will right-click here and then select Inspect from the context menu.

This window is called the Developer Tool, and every web browser will have this tool integrated by default.

Here I am going to click on the Network Monitor tab.

We will reload the website and see so much data populated in the network tab.

I’m not going to bother any of them; I will ignore them.

I’m only concerned about the data populated at the bottom of this Network tab. So I am going to reduce the height of this Developer tool.

Here you can see the number of requests, the size of all requests, and the total time it takes to load them. And finally, the time when the load event occurred.

Now I’m going to click on as many blog posts and pages as possible.

Here please focus on the loading animation on this browser address bar.

I anticipate you will barely see the loading animation there.

You see, all those pages are loading almost instantly. It is like a locally hosted web app.

You can refer to this Network tab data to know the actual loading time. And on each load, you will see the exact loading time printed there.

You see, most of these pages are being loaded in less than one second, and on average, it is less than half a second.

The website’s loading time for you will vary based on so many factors.

That includes your internet connection speed, the distance between your location and the server, the extensions, and antivirus that you have installed on your computer, etc.

The operating software and browser version, and many things will also affect the actual loading time.

Now I’ll tell you; any WordPress site can be faster.

You can expect every WordPress site to load within a split second if hosted on Rovity’s cloud servers and applying the best performance practices.

We know the industry’s best practices to help you with that.

I strongly recommend hosting your WordPress website on Rovity’s highly optimized, super-fast Cloud servers. And obviously, that’s one of the backbones of this performance optimization magic.

And then reduce or stop using plugins that rely on connecting to external servers such as Analytics, Google fonts, etc.

Here is a Shortcut: the fewer external servers your website has to contact, the faster it loads.

Let me give you a quick example to help you understand much better.

Suppose you are using Google fonts. And when someone visits your website, the user’s browser will need to contact Google’s server and then download the fonts for you.

If your website uses Google font, your visitor’s browser must contact at least three Google domains to download the fonts and CSS files. This is just for one font.

However, we have the solution, and that is easy to implement. We can host the Google fonts locally on our Rovity web server. 

You won’t need to reach any other external web servers when you localize the website fonts on our Rovity server.

Your WordPress sites, files, and everything else, including your fonts, will have to be hosted on the Rovity server.

So your WordPress site will load fast. Just like you have seen in this demo.

That’s it for this video.

I hope you will find this video very informative and helpful in making your WordPress website load lightning fast.

If you wish to get a super-fast loading speed for your WordPress website, please visit Rovity and subscribe to one of your preferred plans.

I encourage you to give Rovity a shot even if you currently host your WordPress website on expensive VPS servers or managed WordPress servers.

And you will feel the difference. I’m sure of it.

Thank you so much for watching my video. I’ll see you in an upcoming video with more insightful information.

Jafar Muhammed

Jafar Muhammed has 10+ years of experience in WordPress, web hosting, domain names, DNS, CDN, server administration, etc. He is an open web advocate. He is the CEO of Rovity, the fastest-growing premium shared hosting startup in India.

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