16th July 2012 | Comments
After the major changes to Google’s search and ranking algorithm last year, it has been proved time and again that site speed plays an important role in determining the rank of a page for a search term in search results. Naturally, if your page takes ages to load up, a user will be fed up and eventually leave your page, no matter how well content is and how ‘awesome’ your page looks.
With a fast website, you rank higher in search results, your users love it and return back and definitely you make more money. Thus, website speed is now a major checklist item in the web development workflow.
To speed up a slow website, the first step is diagnosis. Find out what makes your site load slow, what takes up lots of resources.
This post will list 5 of the best free tools to check your website speed and diagnose it to find out what makes your site slow.
PageSpeed Insights analyzes the content of a web page, then generates suggestions to make that page faster. Reducing page load times can reduce bounce rates and increase conversion rates.
Full Page Test tool helps you analyze the load speed of your websites and learn how to make them faster. It lets you identify what about a web page is fast, slow, too big, what best practices you’re not following, and so on.
The website speedtester shows the duration of a given website. This value can be used for showing how long a website take to load and if it is better to optimize the website or change a (slow) ISP.
Load Impact is a leading online load testing service that lets you load test your website over the Internet. Load Impact provides load testing and reporting as an online service to e-commerce & B2B sites all over the world.
Web Monitor allows you to monitor how long it takes for a user to download one or more of your web site pages. As the pages are downloaded, SiteTimer stores statistics on how long time each item takes to download, and how much data they contained. This information is then presented in a grid.