Using Google Lighthouse to audit any website
👉 First of all, what is Google Lighthouse?
It's an automated audit tool aimed at helping you improve web page quality. They provide reports for:
✔️ Performance ✔️ Accessibility ✔️ Best Practices ✔️ Progressive Web App Capabilities ✔️ SEO
👉 Why is this useful?
With any website or web page, it's very important to provide the fastest, highest performing content to the browser as possible. Why? So your site has speed, doesn't lag and doesn't force users to leave your site instantly. It also greatly helps with SEO (Search Engine Optimization).
👉 The Google Lighthouse tool
There is a free tool as a developer we can use called Lighthouse. This lets us audit any website, in those categories outlined above from 0-100 score - it also gives us really in depth explanations as to what is bringing the score down and how to fix each individual issue encountered.
🔥 Try it out
- Go to any webpage using Goggle Chrome
- Right click the page and press Inspect
- On the console tabs, scroll across to Lighthouse
- Click generate report https://developers.google.com/web/tools/lighthouse
This is an absolute must use tool if you want to provide top quality, fastest performing webpages that are going to rank high in searches with SEO.
This image is an audit that I've just done on dev community I am building.