Best tools to test website speed and performance

By | July 1, 2014
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Before the visitors enter your website or eCommerce store, they are waiting for your site to load. Page load time is lapsed between the moment the user requests the new page and that page is fully accomplished by the browser. Reducing the load items on your site web page can reduce the bounce rates and increases the conversion rates.



There are some tools to test website speed and performance. There are different ways to test the website speeds like simple tests, comprehensive tests with the simulated traffic around the globe and also multiple site tests for head to head comparisons. Here I am listing some tools which are used to test and increase the website speed and performance.

 1. Google PageSpeed insights

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It analyzes the content of the webpages and give some suggestions to make the page faster. Suggestions given are based on the general principles of the webpage performance, including data upload and download size, resource caching and client-server round-trip times. Page Speed insights gives score for the webpages and score ranges from 0 to 100. The page with high score is better and the page of score more than 85 performs extremely well.

PageSpeed insights will be continuously updated and so the score will be changing and they add the new rules to improve their analysis.

2. YSlow

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YSlow analyzes the webpages and suggests whether they are performing slow based on the Yahoo!’s rules for high performing websites and then it recommends some suggestions for their performance improvement. It ranks the webpages based on three predefined and user defined ruleset. It summarizes the webpage’s components and displays the statistics of the page. When analyzing a website it deducts the points for each infraction of a rule and applies a grade to each rule.

3. GTmetrix

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It is developed by the Gossamer Threads which is used as tool to easily determine the performance of the websites. It makes use of the YSlow and PageSpeed to grade your site’e performance and suggest some recommendations to fix. It also features some tools to monitor your site and track its performance such as performance reports and video playback.

4. Web Page Analyzer

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It is the simple and straight forward website performance and internet marketing website. It is very simple web page analyzer and very easy to use. You just need to enter the URL of the webpage you want to test and get the page size, composition and the download time. It sums up all the components on the page and it offers the suggestions to improve the performance of the page.

5. Pingdom

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Pingdom offers the cost effective, reliable server and network and website monitoring. It uses the global network of server to monitor its client websites 24/7. It allows you to identify about the website is it fast, slow and too big and also the best practices you are not following. View the file sizes, total website speed, load items and other details about every page element. You can also filter and sort this list in various ways to identify the performance bottlenecks.

6. Load Impact

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Load impact works on four things Automated testing, API testing, Web and web app testing and Mobile testing. It offers a free tool for performance testing and load testing and test your website’s performance with the mounting traffic. You can choose a worldwide load zone and then test the simulated clients, data received, bandwidth and requests per second. It displays the chart to measure the load time as more clients become active.

7. Which loads faster 

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It is handy tool which is used to compare the load times of the two sites side by side and it is about the friendly competition and testing in everybody’s browser and not just having the performance tools already. Go neck-to-neck with your competitors or also match up against the big players in the industry as you tweak your performance to ensure your edge.

8. SEO Mastering.com

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It features a ping domain tester which displays the details, and includes the time it takes to get a control packet from remote host. High packet loos and the reaction time indicates the low connection performances, whereas the low response time indicates faster connection and more reliable. It is very simple and useful tool and allows you to enter up to 10 URLs to test simultaneously. So, you can test your against the batch of competitors at one time.



9. OctaGate SiteTimer

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Site Timer features a web monitor which lets you to monitor how long it takes to download one or more of your webpages. It is the simple and straight forward timer for loading the webpages and page elements. The test results are displayed in the clear bar graph. All the element downloads are listed with start times, end times and connection times.

10. WebPage test

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Using WebPage test you can run a free website test from the multiple locations around the globe using the real browsers and the real consumer connection speeds. You can run the simple tests to perform the advanced testing including the video capture, multi-step transactions, content blocking and more. Enter the multiple URLs to compare them side by side and also against the industry giants.



Author: Peter Jacksonn

Peter, the most experienced in The Tech Bulletin team is a professional blogger and interested in reviewing the gadgets, giving solutions for technical queries. He covers the consumer electronics section along with latest apps and games.+Peter