Agencies and business owners misuse page speed tests because of the fear of pressure that the leading search engine sparked into people. However, Google properties and code snippets are often the culprits behind the slow page load speed. This poor score of Google page speed is because it runs on 1.7 Mbps which is very poor. Also, it uses critically low CPU bandwidth per test. Businesses that offer free-to-use tools would prefer bandwidth and resources with limitations when operating the tool.
No site can score a perfect grade and is quite impossible to achieve it. You may lose your sanity if you try for perfection by following all the suggestions Google Page Speed makes. Sometimes the suggestions may be unrealistic or impossible.
Tests for developers
This test doesn’t intend to be used by anyone who doesn’t speak code. Anyone can read the reported documentation, but not everyone can make the sense out of it. Professional web developers know the important metrics, what to ignore and when to ignore. 3+ seconds is a satisfactory score when a user needs that information. However, the average time before a user leaves that page is 8 seconds.
Speed tests optimize scores rather than users. It is like writing content for SEO purposes than for human beings. Optimizing for users means delivering the experience in the shortest load time possible. However, you can optimize speed tests with little assets to get fast load results. This is tricky as you need the assets to be available to create a particular user experience and automated tests lack the ability to recognize them. They will suggest you reduce the maximum possible bytes for performance.
No account for the Website Needs
The result of the speed test as compared to another website depends on many factors. High-quality images are required for e-commerce or image portfolios. Small photos can work for small blogs. The automated tool sees things in a different way and scans the websites according to a set standard. What might be ‘negative’ for one website may be ‘ideal’ for another.
People are unaware of the flaws that speed tests come up with. Obsolete recommendations and third-party request penalties are two of them. In obsolete recommendations, page speed tests cannot account for modern web technologies and in third-party request penalties, the tests highlight the slow speed load time for external requests.
Page speed tests fail eye testing. A person can judge the idleness of a website by the speed it loads up. The user experience will not be affected if the loading speed is fast which in turn will also not hinder the things loading in the background. Eye testing is the most reliable way to examine how fast page loads.
People who lack the knowledge about being a programmer or developer on these platforms might forget about them. They should instead focus on making the website load as fast as possible to give a smooth experience to the users.