An Already Great Tool Just Got Better: WebPageTest.org Image Analysis

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We took a deep dive into webpagetest.org in December, 2016 to uncover how it can help you improve page loading times for your website. Recently, they released a new feature in the form of a detailed Image Analysis tool.

To use the new tool, begin by running a standard test. Once the results are generated, select the “Image Analysis” link in the summary navigation row:

A new tab will open and you’ll see a notice about analyzing the image results. When complete, you’ll see detailed results for each image on the page; at the top will be an overview of how many images were recognized, their total weight (a large part of what impacts page load speed), and details about the testing environment.

Continuing down the page, you’ll see detailed information about each image recognized in the analysis and you might be surprised at how many images are loading on each page. Don’t miss the blue “See More” buttons as these provide some of the more useful actionable info.

detailed image results and recommendations

You’ll find a great deal of information about the image along with recommendations on how to improve optimization. One item of note includes the ability to download a compressed version of the image you can use to replace the one currently on the page. Having said that, you do want to be careful to note the file size of the compressed image being offered. I noticed that the sizes were often smaller than those in the original so make sure that reduction still works inside your site layout and design.

Compared to the existing image results information at the standard webpagetest.org, this new feature is a big step up in user friendliness and plain-English descriptions so even those with base level tech experience will find it useful.

About Drew McManus

In addition to my consulting business, I'm also the Principal of Venture Industries Online but don’t let that title fool you into thinking I'm just a tech geek. I bring 20+ years of global broad-based arts consulting experience to the table to help clients break the cycle of choosing one-size-fits-none solutions and instead, deliver options allowing them to get ahead of the tech curve instead of trying to catch up by going slower.

With the vision of legacy support strategy and the delights of creative insights, my mission is to deliver a sophisticated next generation technology designed especially for the field of performing arts. The first step in that journey began in 2010 when The Venture Platform was released, a purpose-designed managed website development solution designed especially for arts organizations and artists.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, lead a team of intrepid arts pros to hack the arts, lead an arts business incubator, and love a good coffee drink.

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