You must have heard about the story of a hare and a tortoise. The moral of that story was that slow and steady always wins the race. Right?
May be but certainly not in the case of your website load speed. Website Loading speed is an important factor which contributes in overall performance of your website.
A slow loading speed not only indicates poor design but is also a huge turn-off for visitors. If your site loads up slow, then you are surely going to leave a very bad experience on your visitors. Slow loading webpages could also be symptoms of bugs or any other bottleneck.
Speeding your Website has become even more crucial these days. Website loading speed has become a very important factor in terms of SEO too after Google officially confirmed that “Page Loading Speed” is a crucial ranking factor in their algorithm.
The very first step in optimizing your website is to check your website loading speed by putting it through a speed test. In this article, I am going to share 3 best tools for checking your websites loading speed.
GTMetrix is a free tool that combines two popular Firefox add-ons – Yahoo! Yslow and Google Page Speed. GTMetrix is a very popular tool for analyzing and optimizing the performance of your website. Gtmetrix has eye catchy design and easy to navigate interface.
It applies both Google Pagespeed and Yahoo! YSlow tests to your site, and help you develop a faster and more efficient website experience for your users.
The feature that I like most about GTMetrix was its ability to compare different sites’ loading speed. Another good feature of GTMetrix is that users can test the loading speed of their website pages from different regions around the world including Canada, India, Brazil and USA.
GTMetrix also offers a dedicated plug-in for WordPress blogs. This plugin incorporates the major functions of GTMetrix straight into WordPress.
It allow WordPress users to plan reports, run analyses and send notifications about the status of their website. You just need to install this plugin and configure its settings. All you need is a GTMetrix API which you can easily get by registering for GTMetrix free.
Check your site on GTMetrix here
All you need to do is enter the URL of your Website page. I personally use Pingdom and it has a very sleek and eye catchy interface. Pingdoms Full Page Test gives you a detailed visual report on the load time of each element of your website page.
Pingdom have a set of servers across Europe and United States.
Pingdom tells about the issues within the webpage and it gives simple solution to solve them. Pingdom identify why a webpage is fast, slow, and too big. Pingdom also tells you about the best practices you should implement in order to load your site fast.
Features of Pingdom include :
-> Pingdom examine all parts of a web page. Users can sort and filter this list in different ways to identify performance bottlenecks
-> Pingdom provides a performance overview of your Website by putting together plenty of performance-related statistics for you based on the test result.
->It also provides you a performance grade based on Google Page Speed and tips to improve this grade.
-> Pingdom trace your performance history by saving each test for you so you can review it later and also see how things change over time.
-> Pingdom allows you to test your website loading speed from multiple locations across Europe and USA.
-> Pingdom alows you to share the results of a website loading speed test with your friends, work colleagues or web host.
The only feature missing from this tool is that your website loading speed tests can not be compared to other websites if you want to do so.
Check your site on Pingdom here
Google PageSpeed Insights is a free open source web page analysis service which can offer guidance on how to maximize the performance of your pages.
It analyzes the content of a web page, and then generates suggestions to make that page faster. The Google Pagespeed Insights makes your site load faster, reduces bounce rate and increases conversion rate.
It is part of Google PageSpeed Tools which provides both analysis and optimization services.
You can use Google PageSpeed Insights for checking how fast your website or blog loads :
-> on a mobile device (using mobile software)
-> on a desktop (laptop or desktop machine using full versions of operating systems)
->what areas to tackle to improve the speed of your website.
You dont need to register for using it. You just need to enter URL of your website. You can enter any URL youd like to check; you do not need to be the owner or administrator.
Its main features include :
-> It differentiates between mobile load and desktop (laptop or PC) load. Essentially its differentiating between full-on operating systems and their mobile versions.
-> The suggestions are graded as low, medium, and high priority.
-> It spells out precisely where the problems are and then gives you the details to identify what to address.
You can access this service directly by using this link, or you can install a browser extension for Google Chrome and Firefox.
Check your site on Google PageSpeed Insights here
Website loading speed is not something that should be taken lightly, especially since it has such a big impact on SEO. Optimizing your website for improving its loading time is a must for every webmaster these days.
These 3 are the best tools for checking your Website loading speed. So which tools are you using for checking your websites loading speed?