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Best Tools to Test and Improve Site Speed

Tools to Test and Improve Site Speed

Page loading time is obviously an important part of any website’s user experience. And many times we’ll let it slide to accommodate better aesthetic design, new nifty functionality or to add more content to web pages. Unfortunately, website visitors tend to care more about speed than all the bells and whistles we want to add to our websites. Additionally, page loading time is becoming a more important factor when it comes to search engine rankings.

The impact of speed

  • 74% of mobile internet users say that they’ve encountered a website that was too slow to load.
  • 52% of mobile internet users say that they’ve encountered a website that crashed, froze, or received an error.
  • 37% of mobile internet users say that they’ve encountered a website that wasn’t available.
  • 48% of consumers expect a web page to load in 2 seconds or less.
  • 41% of people abandon a website that takes more than 3 seconds to load.
  • A 1 second delay in page response can result in a 7% reduction in conversions.

But if fast loading times aren’t happening, then landing page conversions aren’t either.

Here are some tools for analyzing your load time.

If you’re still having problems with site speed, or just curious to see how your page is doing in that area, there are plenty of free tools that can test the speed of your site. Here are some tools that can test and help you improve the speed of your .

WebPageTest

This tool is supported by Google and allows you to run a free website speed test. It provides waterfall charts that break down content, check for Page Speed optimization, and make suggestions for improvements after receiving a page speed score out of 100.

Google Pagespeed Insights

This is a must-use tool from Google. Besides being easy-to-use, you’ll receive a page speed score out of 100 and analysis of both the desktop and mobile versions of your site. You get recommendations that are divided into high-, medium- or low-priority.

Google Analytics Plugin By Yoast

This is an essential plugin if you have WordPress for SEO purposes, plus it can also determine your load time across multiple browsers.

Pingdom

Probably the best feature about this tool is that it performs tests on browsers like Chrome, which better reflects real-world conditions. Another nice feature is that you can see how well your speed is measuring up to parameters set-up by Google Page Speed and Yslow.

GTMetrix

Your speed will receive two speed page grades from GTMetrix and Yslow, plus a charted history of page load times, analysis page sizes, and request counts.

Performance Plugin Profiler

If you use WordPress, this is a plugin you shouldn’t miss. It examines which plugins are slowing down your site. Once this is installed you can even use it to test other speed-increasing plugins like Theme-Check.

Webpage Analyzer

Provides you with page size, composition, and download time. This tool also comes with a summary of page components with advice on how to improve page load time.

Page Speed Tool (Internet Marketing Ninjas)

Provides a complete analysis of page load time, how long it takes your page to load at different connection speeds, plus a report on external CSS, Javascript, and image files.

Related Topics : 

1. Why your wordpress web page load slowly?

2. Tips and Tricks to accelerate your page load time

About Chetan Kalbande

• Working knowledge in Magento, Wordpress, Joomla, PHP, HTML5, CSS3, Bootstrap front-end framework and Foundation front-end framework. Experience of PSD to HTML and HTML to Wordpress. Having knowledge on theme development of Wordpress, directory structure and responsive UI of Magento. E-Commerce development using Magento, Opencart, Woo-Commerce . Clean , attractive and responsive website development using Wordpress and Drupal. Estimation, design and development of various modules. Work on Search Engine Optimization to improve the search engine rank of website. Working knowledge and handling experience of Google Absence and different affiliates account. • Knowledge of Jquery Mobile, Android application development and Phone gap. Experience of Developing and maintaining web base portal or directory website. Work closely with the other team members to meet client goals. Promote on page SEO activities and also the interactions that build ranking, profile and traffic.

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