Gone are the days when people used to sit back with patience while a website used to take its own sweet time to load. Today nobody likes a slow website, and this is one major reason for increase in bounce rates on any website. There are many factors responsible for a site to load quickly, and a website speed test can easily identify factors that are spoiling the performance of the website.
Webmaster and web developers would like to certainly know whether a given page is slow and the reasons behind it. There are several free tools available to easily test website speed, and if you use or have used a couple of them you will notice that the results vary across different tools. Hence, it’s advisable to go with the trusted ones.
Pingdom: This is a powerful yet simple tool that can help you test your website speed and suggest areas of improvements. Following are the features of Pingdom.
- Performance grade: When the website speed test is completed you will see a tab named performance grade in the report section. This tab captures recommendation on page speed performance for example if there are too many external requests on a given page the tool will flag it and request to minimize request size.
- This tool saves the history of every test that you have done with it so that you can compare the changes that happen overtime.
- Multiple location testing: You can test the website speed from multiple locations this will give you a good idea of how your website is loading in US vs UK, and take necessary steps.
GTMetrix: I love this tool it provides very detailed report on the website speed and load time. Following are some of the features that GTMetrix offers:
- It analyzes your web pages with Google’s Page Speed and Yahoo’s YSlow rules
- You get a complete summary of page load time, size, and number of requests that the page is sending
- The tool shows the result of your website in comparison to average of all sites that GTMetrix has analyzed
- You can also optimize your website for the mobile devices by analyzing your pages on actual android device via GTMetrix
- It analyzes pages from 13 servers based in 7 different locations across the world.