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100/100 Google PageSpeed

I’ve been playing around with this website, and the server it’s hosted on, in an effort to score top marks on Google’s PageSpeed Insights tool. Tonight, I managed to achieve the top score of 100/100, which I’m pretty happy about.

Interestingly, or not, I’ve read a number of negative comments from web developers about this Google initiative. A lot of naysayers point to the fact that Google’s sites perform quite poorly using its own tool. Personally, I think this is a nonsense argument. Sure, in a perfect world, all of Google’s properties would score 100/100, but I don’t think the tool is really designed to sit in judgement over how well a site performs in terms of speed.

It’s supposed to be a learning aid, designed to help developers understand what can be achieved using different optimisation techniques. The decision as to whether or not to use any of the techniques in production is down to the developer — some are a given, but others are debatable depending on server set-up, protocols, load etc.

Anyhow, if you’re interested in learning some of the techniques needed to obtain a top score, I’d highly recommend giving it a try. Just don’t be under any illusions that obtaining a score of 100/100 is the be-all and end-all.

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