The loading speed of a website is of great value for its overall success. Why? Because Google search algorithm ranks the websites based on certain factors out of which page loading time is an important factor that affects the ranking of a website.
If a website is responsive and loads speedily, users are more likely to stay, look at the content and eventually convert. It doesn’t matter what online business you have; a faster site is going to work better. But it is difficult to decide on where to start.
Earlier, we covered the factors that affect your website speed. In this article, we will talk about top 10 free tools to test your website speed which will help you to determine where your site currently stands, key determinants that are impacting speed , and proper ways to improve it.
Here are some free tools to evaluate your site’s speed:
DareBoost presents explanations in a unique way. The tool requires you to create a free account to start using it. This platform lets you check 5 websites for free, and then you need to buy it to keep using it. Just put in your website link, choose test locations you prefer and start your site performance test.
This website provides great insights into performance and loading speed of your website.
Dotcom-tools is highly robust page speed test tool. Unlike many other tools, this offers test from 24 locations. A user can run a test from more than one location at a time. It also gives the option to run a test from seven different browsers.
The speed test reports are split into five different parts: Detailed Summary, Performance, Host, Errors, Fast/ Slow Elements, Waterfall Chart. The waterfall chart will show the flow of your website.
Google PageSpeed Insights shows website performance result through different parameters. The tool displays score on a scale of 1-100. Above 90 score indicates that your website is optimized and is working well. Websites that load quickly on mobile devices will get higher scores as users generally browse the internet over their mobile phones.
This website is incredibly simple to use. Results on Google PageSpeed matter more than many other tools. This is because Google creates algorithms for website ranking and therefore, the results displayed on Google have a high importance and should be taken seriously.
GTmetrix is a user-friendly tool that will allow you to test your website for free as well as download the report. The report consists of two main sections: Performance Score and Page Details.
Performance Score mainly includes:
- PageSpeed score: This displays the overall page speed in grades. Further, the report shows more detail for page speed such as priority level, type and recommendation for the same.
- YSlow score: Mainly deals with the front-end of the website structure, loading time, size of the page and request numbers.
Page Details consists of the waterfall graphical representation of the time your webpage takes to load with an option to expand the data for proper diagnostics.
Pingdom is a free online tool for speed testing of the website. The navigation on the website is nice and simple. The results are divided into four sections:
- Performance grade
- Page size
- Website load time
The tool displays your website’s performance grade out of 100. It compares your website’s performance to other sites checked on this platform. The results of ‘page size’ and ‘requests’ are divided by domain and content type. Also, it gives suggestion on how to improve the page performance which provides you deep insights clearly defined to address problems.
Sucuri is a well-known security plugin for WordPress. This tool offers valuable insights on the website page load time, performance, data based on location, etc. Sucuri has provides security software as well that prevents your website from security threats.
The Load Time Tester by Sucuri displays test from more than 15 locations and shows you grades based on each location for your website.
Like Pingdom, it provides in-depth information regarding the speed of your website. A user can choose from the options to customize the data: select browser, mobile device type, location, browser window size, etc. The report can be divided into general information, waterfall and domain groups. In the results, the tool allows you to see detailed report of the webpage.
WebPageTest is an excellent website performance track tool to check the speed of your site. This is one of the most trusted and dependable website speed testing platforms. The tool provides accurate results to give you specific action points to consider.
This tool provides custom settings to the users every time they initiate a WebPage test. There are real browser options you can choose from (Firefox, Chrome, IE 11). Choose location option will let you conduct the test from different locations (North/South America, Asia, Europe). Choose mobile devices will show you how your website performs on different mobile platforms. Apart from that, there is ad-blocking feature to check the efficiency of the site with ads enabled vs blocked.
YSlow, developed by Yahoo is one of the leading website performance testing tools. You need to install its browser extension to use it, which you can download from its website. The platform will help you in customizing your website to test its performance through 23 factors.
Like other websites, this also provides suggestions along with report to help you overcome your shortcomings. The waterfall chart is not available on it, but it does provide a detailed breakdown of your website content and components constructively.
Staring at your computer screen while impatiently waiting for your website to load faster won’t get you a solution. Website speed testing tools are necessary to track your website performance. Try them today and let us know what you think, in the comments section.
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