There is no denying that speed is the crucial factor in the success of any website and it needs to be a priority for site managers always. So, next as you offer a lag-free and responsive user experience, also keep in mind that it’s the fast loading website that is pivotal and has direct impact on the entire performance of the website. Faster loading websites adds to the user engagement, conversion rates, SEO rankings and a lot more, in a wonderful manner.
Speed of your website has a huge impact on search rankings and sales as it influences them in a big way. Nearly half of web users expect the site to load in merely 2 seconds or even less, and they are most likely to abandon the site if it doesn’t load within 3 seconds.
Hence, it’s essential to improve website speed though it can be a daunting task involving a number of moving parts between onsite optimization to network and accessibility configurations. Meanwhile, when performance matters the most, it’s advised to take one step at a time. After all it’s always better that you start by running some tests and find out how fast he site really works.
Google PageSpeed Insights
It’s the tool that grades the website on a scale of 1-100. So higher number signals your site is more optimized, whereas anything that above an 85 point to the fact that your website’s performance is good. With PageSpeed you get to know about the desktop as well as mobile versions of your site. You get tips to improve like need to minify CSS or optimize your images.
You also have a Chrome extension which enables you assess any page from the Developers Page Speed tab. PageSpeed Insights offers a balanced outline of site speed and actions that need to be taken for better page performance and site.
A mobile report consists of an extra category known as ‘user experience’ that’s there in the site score and it comprises of viewport configuration, size of tap targets along with appropriate font sizes.
This open source project and tool is useful in analyzing web pages and allow you find out why they are slow on the basis of Yahoo!’s rules for high performance websites. As of now, Marcel Duran is responsible for its maintenance and he is one who is also involved in the WebPageTest project. This tools functions in three steps to get its performance test results:
- It crawls the DOM to recognize all components (image, scripts, etc.).
- You get to know about each component size (gzip, expire headers, etc.)
- Taking the data, it generates a grade for each rule that helps you have an overall grade.
GTmetrix is highly useful in checking both PageSpeed as well as YSlow metrics. It assigns your site a grade from F to A and it divides the reports in five different sections, comprising of PageSpeed, YSlow, waterfall breakdown, video and history.
Go for the free registration as that allows you to test from seven different locations and you get to choose the browser, Chrome vs. Firefox. It allows you test and compare against different connection types (such as Cable vs. dial-up) so you know how it is going to affect your page loads. Other advanced features comprise of a video playback that allows you analyze where the bottleneck occurs and you can also run Adblock plus. With ads disabled you get to know how the site loading is affected.
Among the most prominent website speed test tools, Pingdom divides the reports into four various sections comprising of a waterfall breakdown, performance grade, page analysis and history.
With page analysis you get a complete overview with additional information like size analysis, size per domain, the number of requests per domain as well the kind of content you require for most requests.
Yellow Lab Tools
- Page weight
- Bad CSS
- Server Config
It’s a tool that has more than 40 locations to choose from with over 25 browsers that also includes mobile. You get a grade from F to A on the basis of various performance tests like FTTB, compression, caching, effective use of a CDN, and a lot more. This tool divides the reports in six sections including a summary, details, performance review, content breakdown and screenshots.
So you have a number of website speed tools to choose from and many variable effective at determining which tool works best to test your site. However, if you look for something that can be used easily and produces a detailed report, then give these tools a try.
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