If you find your website is running slow for you, you’re probably wondering if it is just on your end or if it is slow for everyone. You can find out if your website is running slow for everyone by running website speed tests to check the speed of your website from other browsers and locations. There are plenty of free speed test tools that you can use for your website. We will go over two that are free to use with this blog post.
Google PageSpeed is a free website speed test that will check your website on both desktop browsers and mobile browsers. Simply type in your website’s address and click Analyze. Once PageSpeed is finishing analyzing your website, you will see two tabs: Mobile and Desktop. Under each of these, you will have a list of suggestions for your website.
Each suggestion will have more details, and will list specific files or links in your website that could be improved. Along with the details, there are links to Google’s knowledge base that explains in better detail each suggestion.
When optimizing your website, try working on the higher priority items that are listed here first. These items will have the biggest impact for your website’s speed and so making the changes for these will be more noticeable.
Pingdom is another free website speed test that will check your website on desktop browsers using Chrome. Pingdom also offers other tools that you can use for your website, and it may be beneficial to look at their other services for future use. With Pingdom’s speed tests, you’ll be able to test your website from specific servers, so you can see how your website loads for people in different areas of the world.
After you type in your website’s address, Pingdom offers a quick run down about your website with your Performance Grade, Requests, Load Time, and Page Size. You can get more information about your website under Performance Grade and Page Analysis. Under the Conformance Grade tab, you will see your website’s “grade” for each section.
Like Google’s PageSpeed, each section will have a list of URLs or files that your website uses that could be improved. There is also a link to Google Developers for more information for each section. Work on optimizing from the top down with this list, as the top items have the most effect on your website’s speed.
Under the Page Analysis tab, you will see a more detailed information about the load for your website. Looking at this information can help you see what file types are taking the longest to load, and which are the largest. Consider compressing your website’s largest files, particularly images.
At the bottom of the page, Pingdom gives you more information regarding their speed test and what each icon means. Be sure to check this out if you have any problems or questions when looking at your website’s results!
Now that you have tested your website’s speed, work on optimizing it the best you can! Make sure to run a speed test periodically to see if any changes are effecting your website. Be sure you are following our Facebook and Twitter pages to stay up to date with the latest in webmaster tips, updates for web software, everything x10Hosting, and more!