(8+ best free tools for testing website speed and performance )
There are many factors, Google and other Search Engines consider to determine the ranking of a website in search results. And Site speed is one of the important ranking factor. Friday, April 09, 2010 was the day when Google announced that they are including site speed as a new signal in their search ranking algorithms.
After the announcement, site speed became one of the major preference for every website owner. A slow site results in bad user experience, higher bounce rates and lower conversion rates. There are many free tools available for testing website speed and performance which will help you to find the reason causing load time issues and how you can improve your site’s speed.
If you are a WordPress user and you want to increase your site’s speed then read this : How to speed up your WordPress site.
Here is a list of best free tools for testing website speed and performance.
1. PageSpeed Insights ( Google )
PageSpeed Insights helps you to analyze site’s performance. It is free and also suggests you, the best ways to make your site faster and mobile friendly. PageSpeed Insights checks the performance of a page for mobile devices as well as for desktop devices i.e. fetches your url twice ( Once with Mobile and Once with Desktop-user agent).
Once you enter your page’s url, Google PageSpeed Insights generates a result. Always try to get better score for your pages, better score means 85 or above. In the screenshot, you can see that My page has 84/100. And I will have to click on > show how to fix to get the detail about the fixing.
You can read more about PageSpeed Insights here:
2. Pingdom Tools
This tool will help you to analyze your site’s loading speed and will also help you to learn how you can make it faster if it’s slow. It tells you the reason why your site is actually running slow.
You can run the test from multiple locations. Like I have tested from Dallas, you can test from New York City, San Jose, Stockholm or Melbourne. You can see that the Performance grade is almost close to PageSpeed Insights. Pingdom is a free website monitoring service though they charge for continuously monitoring your site’s uptime, speed and performance.
Suggestion : If you are a complete beginner, stay away from paid services.
YSlow is based on Yahoo’s rules for websites speed and performance. YSlow suggests you to improve page’s speed and performance. YSlow is an extension for browsers that allows you to check any page’s performance you visit.
You can not run the test directly. You will have to add it as an extension in your browser to run the test. It is completely free. Go and test your page’s performance with YSlow extension. It is available for almost all major browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari and more…
GTmetrix is another great free tool that grades (F-A) your site by taking an average of PageSpeed and YSlow scores. GTmetrix gives insight about your site’s loading speed and recommends you, how you can optimize it. You can compare your site’s or page’s performance with any other site or page.
By following their optimization tips, you can improve your site’s performance. If you signup with a free account, you can test your site’s speed from different locations. Pro users will get the monitoring alerts and access to hourly monitoring.
WebPagetest is a completely free online tool that let you test Web page performance. It gives your six different grades and you can click on each grade to get more information.
You can run a free test from multiple locations using real browsers such as Firefox, safari, Google Chrome. This speed testing tool gives suggestions to improve site’s speed.
6. Website Speed Test ( Uptrends )
Free Uptrends Website Speed Test gives you freedom to check load time of your page from 35 different checkpoints. Not only load time, you can check Uptime and can get the DNS report as well.
You can signup for free 4-week trial to get the advantage of 24×7 web monitoring.
DareBoost let you analyze, test and optimize your website. You can make a free account and can test your site’s performance on desktop or mobile with chrome or Firefox from different locations.
With a free account, you can compare your site with others but you get limited test run i.e. 50/month and can not get daily monitoring service. best free tools for testing website speed and performance.
8. Sucuri Load Time Tester
Sucuri Load Time Tester tests loading speed of your website. You can get the information on Connection time, first byte time and total time of your site.
This test gives Global Performance Grade as you can see my site’s Performance Grade (A+) in the screenshot.
9. Test My Site ( Mobile Website Speed Test – Google )
Powered by PageSpeed Insights Google.
It tests Mobile friendliness of your site and also gives scores completely based on PageSpeed Insights ( Mobile and Desktop scores ). You can get detailed report on what to fix through e-mail or directly by clicking on SEE WHAT TO FIX.
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