Website Speed Test: How To Do?

Website speed test, how to do??? This is what I’ve been asked of late and so, I decided to write an article on this.

At times, your website goes down or is slow, absolutely slow and research shows that 60% of your site’s visitors would leave your site if the site’s loading time is high. Also, google refrains from listing such sites on the first page and so, your chances to rank on Google’s first page also is affected adversely.

So, here I’ll show you how you can do your website speed test.

Tool 1: Pagespeed Insights by google

So, Google has its own tool for bloggers and webmasters in its webmasters page and it is called Pagespeed Insights. You can find it under other resources of your google webmaster tools page. If you haven’t been using your webmasters tool then you may try out some other tools mentioned below.

Tool 2: Pingdom Website Speed Test

This is the second most famous tool when it comes to website speed testing after google’s pagespeed insights. They allow you to test your site from a number of locations and come up with indepth analysis. The report gives a performance grade which is nothing but the page’s google pagespeed performance grade, load time, page size and the location from where it was tested. Apart from these, the site’s  other features are also graded and you can find a detailed report of that as you scroll down and select the respective options. Also, they offer automatic tests every 30 minutes and displays history of all the test results. These test reports can be collected via direct email to your inbox.

Tool 3: GTmetrix

GTmetrix is another tool like pingdom, famous for website speed testing but the only difference that I found in both these sites was the number of parameters measured. Pingdom offered more and indepth results while GTmetrix offered fairly good report but the parameters measured were lesser than pingdom. Overall it can be used as a reliable source for website speed testing but I’d like to go for Pingdom’s tool.

Tool 4: Website speed test by KeyCDN

This site allows you to also share your results via twitter or on their site itself. All you need to do is check the box beside public and your results will be displayed on the site as web speed test history. Apart from this, I love the site’s location feature. It allows you to test your site’s speed at different locations. Besides, speed, they also allow you to check the site’s performance, IP Location, Http and certificates. So, I’ll put this at number 3.

Tool 5: Website Speed by Dotcom Monitor 

Here you can check your page size and load time at different locations much like the previous tool. Apart from this, a detailed summary, windfall, fast/slow elements and error details are also summarised when you click on view results. The unique feature in this tool is that it allows you to test the load speed on various browsers, which is absent in the previous tools. Monitoring your site’s performance every one minute is an added feature here.

So, these were some tools to help analyze the website speed and maintenance. You will find other tools as well in the market, but I trust and use the above 5 tools and didn’t have any problem till date. Hope they help you too.

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