Pagespeedy started out as an experiment, looking at different ways we could analyse websites, and use existing services to measure and improve the performance of those sites.
Using the Google Page Speed API, an open source Accessibility checker, and a modified version of the wappalyzer feature detection scripts, Pagespeedy checks sites and returns information about their performance and what type of things they are running.
Google's Page Speed Insights offer a measure of page speed. A score between 0 and 100 is given to every site for both Desktop and Mobile modes.
A Page Speed Insight looks at much more than just file size, calculating the number of requests, response times and blocking scripts or styles that will slow down the time it takes before the user sees and can use a page.
AChecker is an open source Accessibility checker, that checks websites against the WCAG2 Accessibility checklist. Accessibility is more than checklists, but this quick check gives a quick insight into how well a site is doing, and maybe areas to focus on.
Pagespeedy uses a slightly modified version of the Wappalyzer feature detection scripts, this allows us to peek under the hood of a website and get an insight into how it’s built and managed.
PageSpeedy can be really useful for seeing if a website is performing to a level similar to those around it, but it also is great for spotting what’s happening in the world of local gov websites.
As well as running through all the checks, PageSpeedy runs every month and takes screenshots and captures the html of every site. These snapshots allow us to compare websites month on month, and detect what has changed. With this information we produce the monthly newsites list, that shows you what sites have been launched each month.
PageSpeedy offers a quick insight into each council’s website by looking at the homepage. If you are looking for a more indepth analysis of a site, we offer SiteSpeedy Reports that look at your whole website.