For most use cases, WordPress is the family sedan of performance. WordPress out of the box isn’t a speedy sports car CMS or crawling like an overloaded semi-truck, but once you add content, a custom theme, and plugins to WordPress you may find things slowing down to unacceptable levels.
A few months ago a client came to us looking for a performance review of their site because their SEO ranking had dropped and they were worried that their PageSpeed score(specifically the Mobile PageSpeed score) could be the reason. Over Six years ago Google decided that the speed of the site mattered so much to them that it became a part of the search ranking algorithm, penalizing slow sites for making us wait to reach that sweet, sweet content. We had experience doing performance reviews on both WordPress and non-WordPress sites so we took on the challenge.
The first thing we did was visited the client's site, took note of how long things loaded in our browser and then performed a GTmetrix scan and a PageSpeed scan on the homepage and a few key areas of the site. The PageSpeed Insights provides you and I some recommendations and action steps we can take but we also like to use GTmetrix because it provides broader statistics(Page Load Time, Total Page Size, Requests) along with other tests and charts in a snapshot format that we can look at again in the future(to see what the performance was like before we made improvements). These tests are free, they demand only a few minutes of your time and if you haven’t done it recently I recommend you run both scans to see how your site is performing.
So I just need a good score?