Page load speed is important for 2 big reasons:
- People want sites to load quickly or they’re gone.
- Google wants sites to load quickly, or your search rankings may suffer.
Google even provides a page load speed tool for you to use (and now they just ripped that keyword away from every other page speed tool out there), simply enter in a URL and check your score.
When you run Google Page Speed on a URL, you receive a score between 1 and 100. This number isn’t how much time it takes a page to load, it’s the overall load score which is calculated based on several factors. So the higher the score a page receives, the faster it loads.
When we started throwing in random URLs for sites which run Headway, Google Page Speed showed us what many of you already know: Headway is fast.
Well, they’re not all this fast, but here’s one of more high-profile Headway uses, social media maven Mari Smith, whose site receives a fair amount of traffic. It needs to be fast, and it is. How fast? 89 out of 100 fast.
Here’s a quick list of the sites we tested:
They all got an 80 or higher out of a possible 100. Now, this isn’t scientific or anything. But all these sites are running the latest version of Headway on a variety of different web hosting services. We’re pleased with Headway’s speed performance, now.
Come a Long Way
In the early days of Headway, things weren’t so speedy. A few reviews from back in the day complained at Headway’s load speeds. Since then we’ve made significant speed improvements with each new version since then, including major code base rewrites specifically aimed at increased speed.