Do your websites take forever to load? Even with the latest hardware and web browsing software, it’s frustrating to have to spend precious seconds just sitting there, waiting for your favorite sites to download.
Not all websites are created equal, however. Some sites are optimized to be fast and responsive, while others are overstuffed with large image files, advertisements, multiple tracking scripts, and other bandwidth-hungry objects that consume your browsing time and eat away at your ever-dwindling online attention span.
If you suspect that your favorite website (not your computer) is slow, a good way to test the speed of that URL is to use an online web page speed test tool. These tools utilize remote servers to run a series of tests, and produce data on access times, load times, and size of the specified URL.
After making a few improvements to www.SilverLeafCS.COM, I decided to put my site’s performance to the test using four popular online tools. Check out the results below!
GTmetrix – an online tool that uses YSlow and PageSpeed to evaluate your website’s front-end performance, giving you easy-to-understand information.
This free online website speed-testing tool by Pingdom provides you with several reports such as a breakdown of how long each web page object takes to download and performance grades for things like browser caching.
Google PageSpeed Online
Google’s Page Speed Online analyzes your website’s performance under Google’s Web Performance Best Practices (a set of rules for optimal front-end performance). You can gain lots of information from this handy web tool – it even includes a report for mobile device best practices for optimal performance.
WebPageTest.org offers a powerful online tool tests your web page’s rendering speed in real browsers, and gives you a choice of conducting the test from several locations around the world. It also has advanced settings with options for simulating common Internet connection speeds. You can view the results of the test as a “waterfall”, getting detailed information about a site’s performance over time.
After implementing various performance enhancements, like compressing images, page caching, and deploying a content distribution network (CDN), I’m happy to say that www.SilverLeafCS.COM is loading faster than ever!
(Free website speed testing descriptions courtesy of sixrevisions.com)