How do you monitor website performance? Is it monitored? Do you know if your website is getting faster? Slower? Do you know when it falls below critical performance thresholds? Are you receiving automated alerts? Do you even have alerts? If not, you could be. And it won’t cost you a dime to get started.
This post is going to talk about SpeedTracker. SpeedTracker is a free tool that allows you to monitor website performance over time. Use it to visualize your page speed scores, track Lighthouse metrics, receive alerts and even create a public dashboard consisting of multiple websites for quick reference.
Update 19 Nov 2020: The speedtracker website hasn’t receive much love over the last four years but the source code and monitoring PWA could still be useful for projects looking to get better insights into page speed than something like uptime.js.org provides.
Companies like Calibre or SpeedCurve offer this as a professional (and far more comprehensive) service, but not everyone can afford them. Whether you’re part of a small company or run a non-profit/open-source project, SpeedTracker can help you keep an eye on the performance of your website for free.SpeedTracker.org
Getting started with SpeedTracker was as easy as following their Quick Start documentation. They’ve even included a screencast to help you on your journey to page speed perfection: vimeo.com/185952137.
You’ll be up and running in no time.
SpeedTracker In Action
Screencasts are great. But what’s even better? Live demos!
Navigate to speed.habd.as to view a speedtracker dashboard with some websites I’m monitoring with SpeedTracker. Click around and experiment with the tool while you’re in there.
And, if you’re curious how I set it up, my implementation is open source thanks to SpeedTracker’s web-based encryption tool. You can even encrypt the website URLs you’re tracking if you want to be all hush hush about it.
Measuring Your PWAs
Now you can really find out if that PWA cuts the mustard. And you won’t need a Chrome extension or separate website checker to find out.
It’s true. Sometimes we just can’t get enough vanity metrics. With SpeedTracker installed it’s quite likely you’re going to need a new Antidote for Digital Narcissism. But who could blame you? I know I won’t.
Looking something more advanced? Check out www.sitespeed.io. Have fun!