So, version 5 is finally out for Google PageSpeed insights, and it provides an abundance of information. Google has rolled out a new update to its PageSpeed insight tool, this is the first massive update since January 2018. The new update uses lighthouse, a speed tool from Google which incorporates field data that is provided by Chrome User Experience Report (CrUX), it also serves as its analysis engine. Below is the look of previous and latest PageSpeed Insights dashboard:
The dashboard looked like earlier this year:
This is what it looks like now, with two tabs, one for mobile and another one for desktop:
So the question is, what data is in the updated tool now? The new toolset splits the report into various categories including:
Field Data: This uses the Chrome User Experience report and also shows the first the First Input Delay (FID) and the First Contentful Paint (FCP).
Lab Data: Lighthouse analysis of the current page on an emulated mobile and plot metrics from that tool including Time to Interactive, Speed Index, First CPU Idle, Estimated Input Latency, First Meaningful Paint, First Contentful Paint and them shows screen shots of how this is viewed.
Opportunities: This shows you ways to improve the performance of the specific page which includes the areas of concern and how much they are slowing down your page.
Why does it matter? Making your website faster is not just important to ensure that your site ranks well in Google search speed update but also it can drastically improve conversion rates and user experience on your website. So this gives you a lot of areas where you can make improvements to your pages to escalate the speed of your pages.