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10 Best Tools for Testing a Website’s Speed
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10 Best Tools for Testing a Website’s Speed

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How long do you think any visitor to a particular website is inclined to wait for your website to load? You may have a terrific lineup of visual-rich, content-rich website. You may have created a website that could be the Interstellar of websites. You may even have amazing offers lined up, or extremely informative a resource for yourself. However, here’s the ugly naked truth: if your website takes more than THREE seconds to load, chances are that as many as up to 40% of visitors to your site may just decide to jump ship. That’s not all: a 1 second delay in loading time can result in approximately 7% lower conversion rates. You heard that right.

Now that we’ve established how very important website speeds can be for us, let’s explore the ten best tools which can help you keep track of it.

1. Google Page Speed Insight – test your site

Google Page Speed Insight

Google’s interface is extremely minimalistic, so much so that you’re just presented with a search bar kind of text frame. You provide your URL, select the “Analyze” button, and voila! Within seconds, Google can give you the response times of your website. We conducted the test with Google’s own Page Speed Insights page, and the result was surprisingly accurately – at least in the user experience index! Google points out aspects which might be fixed for a better result, such as the java script minimization, provides optimized images and CSS resources for the same, and more. Plus since there are both mobile and desktop versions, you can tell exactly how responsive your site is.

2. Web Page Test – test your site

Web Page Test

The Web Page Test website provides a slightly more complex interface, with options for providing test locations, modifications according to the browser in use (options: Chrome, Firefox, and mobile browsers), and visual comparisons. The analytical review segment also has more advanced fields such as Multi-step transactions, Connection, Capture Video, Script, Authorization, SPOF and custom modes. You also get speed optimization checks and suggestions, to better your website. This is as flexible as it can get, but for the average user without much experience in this line, this might be a bit too complicated. Still, we can’t deny that all these many options are extremely useful for a more thorough report and analysis.

3. Web Page Analyzer 0.98 from Web Page Optimization – test your site

Web Page Analyzer 0.98 from Web Page Optimization

The Web Page Test website provides a slightly more complex interface, with options for providing test locations, modifications according to the browser in use (options: Chrome, Firefox, and mobile browsers), and visual comparisons. The analytical review segment also has more advanced fields such as Multi-step transactions, Connection, Capture Video, Script, Authorization, SPOF and custom modes. You also get speed optimization checks and suggestions, to better your website. This is as flexible as it can get, but for the average user without much experience in this line, this might be a bit too complicated. Still, we can’t deny that all these many options are extremely useful for a more thorough report and analysis.

4. SiteSpeed.me – test your site

SiteSpeed.me

Another website that believes in the simplicity is best policy, SiteSpeed.me is all about the speeds. Insert the URL link, and you shall find a list of results detailing ping from different locations, speeds and ISP, sponsors, and more. If they miss out on a particular location, you can even use the textbox overhead to check and URL availability from a spot of your choosing. Check out SiteSpeed’s own results if you like for a better idea of what it shows.

5. GTMetrix – test your site

GTMetrix

GTMetrix has that simple design fundamental to good websites, but it packs in a punch when it comes to performance. By signing up, you can get access to a whole host of features, but even at its basest level, it can provide data of immense use to most website owners or administrators. Not only do you get performance indicators including page load times, size, and number of requests, you can make use of graphical data present and also monitor pages. PageSpeed and YSlow scores are used by GTMetrix to make their services even more useful, and not only do you get to test your pages at multiple locations but you can also test android performance speeds.

6. OctaGate SiteTimer – test your site

OctaGate SiteTimer

The website provides just the kind of service that it suggests in its name: with a start and stop button, it allows developers to keep a “hawk eye view of their work”. From start to the finish, these are the timings which show how fast/slow a particular element of a page loads. This is useful for identifying elements in your page that might be slowing your website down, or which need compression elements for better performance.

7. Pingdom Tools – test your site

Pingdom Tools

There are three distinct functions of Pingdom Tools: Finding the ping and traceroute, checking up on the DNS health, and also checking speeds of an URL with a full page test. With its friendly bright yellow-black interface, it is easy to check on speeds, find speed bottlenecks and analyze pages in order to improve the performance of any website at all. Testing from California, it can show the load time, the number of requests to the page, page size, and even provide you with a report on how fast or slow your website is. We tested it with Pingdom Tool’s own webpage, and apparently it has a load time of 8.21s which is 82% slower than most tested websites. There’s a Page Analysis option which you might find useful as well.

8. YSlow – test your site

YSlow

The YSlow works differently from most of these websites mentioned above, specifically because it is a plugin especially meant for browsers. Install it to Chrome, Mozilla, Safari, or one of the many compatible browsers, and you shall have access to your website’s health report in no time at all. It even works as a command line tool, making it quite a useful package to download. YSlow provides data, offers suggestions for performance improvement, gives statistical data, and more. It also provides additional tools like JSLint to help optimize and analyze performance of a website.

9. Load Impact – test your site

Load Impact

The name is extremely suggestive of the function, because Load Impact is known for its on-demand load testing services. They provide a very smooth interface and automatically collect data such as data received, requests made, request speeds, durations, virtual users, and more. While the test takes a little longer than most of the other tests we’ve done so far, the simple but efficiently delivered report is something that most users can appreciate. Unlike elaborate options like choosing cable, browser, etc. this website makes it easy to get an accurate data report without much effort on your part. We tested Load Impact’s own website and the screenshot below gives you an idea of what you might expect if you put your website through the test as well.

10. Zoompf Web Performance Test – test your site

Zoompf Web Performance Test

This tool is specifically targeted at web management teams who need constant reports on a website’s performance. By automatically and constantly auditing the site, Zoompf provides data essential to fix the page quality and speeds. The feature that even average users can use is the Free Performance Report from Zoomf, which analyzes data for a single page, gives up to 5 reports a day, and since it is mobile optimized, it can provide more accurate reports.

Matthew Galloway I'm a professional marketer with over 7 years experience. And at the same time I'm the owner of MGwebmaster. My goal is to share interesting information about SEO, marketing etc. with wide audience.

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