Jul
3
2012

5 Great Tools to Test Your Website Speed

On the web the faster the site is the better when it comes to speed. So… hands up, who likes a slow-loading website? No hands? Thought so!

Anyone who runs a website definitely doesn’t want it loading slowly. By taking advantage of one of the free website speed measuring tools available on the web you can help to increase your websites speed which will ultimately lead to VERY happy visitors. Below is a look at the top 5 free website speed measuring tools we would recommend to you!

1. WebPageTest

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If you’re looking for detailed information about the speed and performance of your website then you’ll want to check out WebPageTest. Plug in a URL and you get a dashboard that gives you in-depth information about overall page speed, the time it takes for the page and elements like graphics and multimedia to load, and whether or not the page is optimized for fast loading.

You even get tips on how to make your pages faster.

 

2. Pingdom Tools

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Widely considered to be the gold standard of free website speed testing tools, welcome to Pingdom Tools. And for a good reason. Pingdom Tools are easy to use and the reports are easy to read. You get a nice graphical breakdown of how long it takes for elements on a web page to load. Using that, you can quickly figure out what’s slowing the pages on your site down.

 

3. Loads.in

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Loads.in takes a slightly different approach to measuring the speed of your website. Not only can you choose a location from six continents from which to run your test, but also a browser to use.

While Loads.in only reports on the time it takes for a web page to load, it does the job in a unique way. You get a series of five graphical thumbnails that show what’s rendering on a page at certain time intervals.

 

4. Which Loads Faster?

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Need to compare how quickly two web sites load? Then Which Loads Faster is the tool for you. Just feed it two URLs and away you go. What makes Which Loads Faster useful is that you can analyze the performance of one or both sites and get some very detailed information about the speed of the sites. That information includes recommendations on how to speed up your site, and you can download it as a nicely-formatted PDF.

 

5. Site-Perf.com

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If you need details about your website, then you’ll want to check out SitePerf.com. It combines the best elements of WebPageTest, Loads.in, and Pingdom Tools.

You can choose a location from which to start the test, and the results include a very detailed graphical breakdown of what’s loading on a page and hints on how to speed that page up.

6 Comments + Add Comment

  • Great article. I read that Google checks the load time of websites, and that this may be a SEO ranking factor, now or in the future. Things have come a long way from just reducing the size of web based images. I am amazed at the detail these tests reveal, and have found several weak components on my websites which I am now working on.

    Thanks

  • Great article! I know that Google has recently started to look at the speed of your site because it knows users do not want to wait for a site to load. However, it seems these tools can help you make even more sense of what improvements you need to make on your site.

  • I think it is a good thing that Google has started looking at the speed of your site. I believe the rule of thumb is 10 seconds (it might be twenty). If a person has to wait more than ten seconds for your site to load, they will likely close out of it. People are impatient and they do not want to be kept waiting around.

  • I love optimizing a website with a layout & graphics that stand out and look amazing, but at the same time load lightning fast, without sacrificing the quality. If you are an impatient person with a not so great internet connection, you should start out with trying to objectively test out your website yourself. How long does it take you to when you website normally before you close it out? I would probably rate it at 1 to 4 seconds. 8 to10 seconds being FAR too long. After that you should move on to the tools listed in this article so you can make sure your site loads faster than your favorite sites, as well as reach all visitors around the world. Hopefully those cult followers you have in Bulgaria that love the post on your site about hamsters with afros can load the page fast and effectively.

  • I did not know any of these websites.I always try to measure the speed of my personal blog, but never get very good results. I’ll try some of these tools. I hope I can get somewhat interesting. Undoubtedly, this is a very useful article. Thanks for sharing the links of these websites.

  • Website owners should really try these applications. Based on my own experience, no matter how much interested I was with a site’s content, if the website is too heavy and slow to load, I do not wait. I will be patient for a first few times then I just stop visiting. If there are people like me, then that would be a lot of traffic lost to a website.

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