Written by: Hosting Coupons on June 1, 2014
If you’re reading this, you’re probably in one of two situations:
No matter which of these two situations you’re in, one or more of the following tools should be able to help. There are many improvements you can implement to help make pages on your website load faster, but to actually see if they’re making a difference you should use a tool.
Known for their website monitoring service, Pingdom also offer a few handy tools to help your website.
Run their Full Page Test by simply entering your website’s URL (in this case, google.com), and it’ll run a quick test for you, presenting you with a simple box in addition to a more detailed breakdown of the elements that were loaded.
The more detailed ‘waterfall’ chart can be useful to web developers who are interested in finding bottlenecks causing slow page load speed. Here’s a screenshot, which in this case shows HTML, CSS, image, and script files.
The other services they offer include a DNS Health check and Ping / Traceroute testing. All of which are completely free to use!
Offered by Google as a free tool for web developers, PageSpeed Insights offers a more basic overview, with a focus on giving more actionable points rather than just showing a chart with load times of different elements – which might be confusing if you don’t know what to look for.
This is another popular free tool, which has slightly more options than the rest, offering additional features such as:
– Ability to throttle connections to see what performance would be like on slower connection or 2G, 3G, 4G etc.
– Monitor URLs on an ongoing basis, with graphs to show performance change over time.
Again, it’s possible to see a more detailed breakdown of elements, though not in the ‘waterfall’ style as with Pingdom, but instead giving each point a grade.
Offering a more ‘retro’ feel, this site again follows the method of Pingdom by displaying a simple set of scores along with a ‘waterfall’ chart showing more detail.
This tool offers a different twist compared to the four other tools mentioned above. Instead of testing with a single ‘user’, Load Impact instead generate load in the form of users to see how your website copes under pressure. They offer a free test with up to 50 simultaneous users, but charge for more advanced tests with more users.
Once the test has completed, which takes around 5-10 minutes, you’ll see a graph which shows how your website copes with load (in the form of page visits) over time.