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6:47 pm on Jun 3, 2016 (gmt 0)

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Google has launched a new testing tool for sites. Give it a try and let's hear what you think?

Today we’re introducing an easy way to measure your site’s performance across devices—from mobile to desktop—and give you a list of specific fixes that can help your business connect more quickly with people online.New Google Tool to Measure a Site's Performance [googleandyourbusiness.blogspot.com]


Here's a link to the new tool.
[testmysite.thinkwithgoogle.com...]
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I just tested one of my pages and got these results:

mobile friendliness: 83/100

mobile speed: 99/100

desktop speed: 97/100

When I checked the details for mobile friendliness, the only test it failed was "Size tap targets appropriately"

But the page doesn't have any "tap targets", only underlined links with large bold words.
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the page doesn't have any "tap targets", only underlined links with large bold words


Those are what it means, They need to be both the right size and far enough away from other action points for fingers to select easily without resizing.
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They say it's for sites, but it's really for pages (which makes it more useful than it would be if it were just an average for a site).
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What? No details without requiring my e-mail address and agreeing to you spamming me in the future? Sigh.
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@Swanny007: thought the same.

Still had to apply for the report as the tool reported:

mobile friendliness: 100/100

mobile speed: 99/100

desktop speed: 99/100

while Pagespeed Insights reports three times 100/100.

So I'll have to know about the two missing 1%.

(Probably they do that missing 1% just to collect the mail adr. ;)
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What? No details without requiring my e-mail address and agreeing to you spamming me in the future?

When I did it, there was a link straight to the details. No email address was required. Maybe because i was already signed in to a gmail account
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Maybe because i was already signed in to a gmail account


I tried it when signed in and it still asked me.
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I just tested the same page as before (see earlier post in this thread), but this time using the "Mobile Usability" test in Google Search Console. The result was "No mobile usability errors detected. Be sure to check all site variants."

So for this particular page, the two tests seem to disagree as to whether or not the page has a usability problem on mobile devices.

At any rate, I'm not going to spend any more time on the matter. I don't much care what my pages look like on little phone screens. Also, I've tested some pages from my other sites and all of them pass both of the tests with flying colors.
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A perception tool ... not a ranker thing, just something to make you think they care. :)

We know what we are doing. Most of us, anyway.
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Typical Google result. Blames the web site for slow speed when it is the Google code that's the biggest offender.
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Almost sent you a bill for .... well, let's just say you dang near made me snort a quaff of beer on my monitor. Almost! :)
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Another "tool" to make us lose valuable time and money.
1. Since I made might websites responsive (with clean code and good scores according to Google tools), my rankings on Google dropped and I lost income.
2. This new tool doesn't learn us anything. Remove all images and graphics from your pages, remove anything that makes the pages fun and ... this tool gives you a good score. Your page is worthless, but the score is good!
I gave up on Google telling us how to do things. They don't own the internet!
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Typical Google result. Blames the web site for slow speed when it is the Google code that's the biggest offender.
Yep. You'd think that the idiots in Google would put some kind of filter in their tool to exclude Googlecruft. :) Then who are we to criticise the great god Google? After all, we only built the web whereas Google merely scrapes it.

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I had to use a PC (ugh!) to see any results (Firefox) - 99 - 100 - 100.

Using El Capitan 10.11.5 and Firefox 46.0.1 on a 28" iMac, the tool does nothing whatsoever. The "Test Now"button is not clickable.
Great.
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What's new about the tool? It is the exact same tool/results as the page speed insights tool, with a fancier user interface.
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- 100/99/100 without adsense

- 87/91/98 with adsense

Google has a bit of work to do with their own product it looks like.
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NickMNS, yes it seems to be the same, but I imagine this one is accessible to other people that may not have access to Webmaster Tools.
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@koan:

can't you access [developers.google.com...] directly without logging in?

I still don't get why the tools show different scores. And I never got a report mailed by them even after leaving the mai address :(
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Google? How come it's not www.google.com/...
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I received my email report two or three hours after requesting it.
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This is the same tool as the one already available via WMT:

Other Resources > PageSpeed Insights

It can also be accessed via [developers.google.com...] without having a WMT account.
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I thought the same thing... this looks to be a wrapper for pagepeed insights and not much more.
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It delivers the result faster than pagespeed, at least with the sites I tested. I am also seeing stricter mobile speeds. Pages that once were considered Fast are now demoted to Fair, and Fair down to Poor. Google may have redrawn their boundaries since introducing the googleweblight proxy service.
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Google has a bit of work to do with their own product it looks like.


My score on my hotel website would have been perfect, if not for the inappropriately sized tap target on an embedded Google Map showing our location.
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Yes, it's seriously frustrating to have Google items on one's page causing reduced scores.

Google ought to take some of its own medicine! ;)
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Experienced developer? Go here [developers.google.com...]

but for me:
FireBug says:
total homepage size(all inclusive): 65.1 KB
Total Load time with cache disabled: 709ms (onload: 773ms)

Goog Tool says: Unfortunately it seems like the site is slow on Mobile devices and gives me 78/100. It also adds that nearly half of all visitors woun't wait for longer than 3 seconds. Not sure how true that is but everybody that I see these days are glued to their phones, they must be waiting for something.

So I say: OK, NP.
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100/100/100

But I already have been using this tool for years.
https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/ [developers.google.com]

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What can this tool do that PageSpeed Insights can't? Looks as if it's the same material with a better layout.
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BTW, if anyone wonders, the Mobile Device Screen Resolution they are testing against is 411px × 731 px.
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