Website speed test and website performance review

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Website speed test and website performance review

Everyone knows about the famous speedtest.net tester, if not, do check it out! So what of it? Well similar to how you test your internet connection speed, you can check your websites page speed and receive a report based on on each online tool features that are provided. I’m going to focus my attention on 4 major tools that I found really good, each with its perks and benefits, and mainly:

  1. GTMetrix.com
  2. Webpagetest.org
  3. Google Pagespeed
  4. Pingdom

Now the order are mainly based on how I believed at the current time are most benefit, but this is just personal opinion, so no hard feelings please. Also while I use Pingdom a lot for my testings, I have added it to the bottom since it doesn’t offer a lot of suggestions on what it needs fixed / improved, however it does to the job really well.

I will however start from the bottom, normally I would go with the first one, but just for each and everyone of you to properly see what I mean by ‘in detail’ analysis. So lets just start with Pingodm.

Pingdom Website Speed Test

You can see in the right image, the result of the test would show a score named “performance grade”, the number of requests that were downloaded from your site, the time needed to load the page and the page actual size(this is important).

pingdom

I did mentioned in one my articles before, but a visitor *normally* will not spend more then 3-5 seconds for a page to open, he will be annoyed of the waiting time and he will bounce of the page. So, what it is that we are looking for more exactly? In the Quick report it will show us a few important information about the tests and also about the page, namely:

  1. The number of requests that needed to be downloaded from the specific website. You should try to lower these as much as possible, if you have images, try combining them in sprites and serving just one whole image for the entire website. If not possible, try to reduce their size by minify the resources or compress them using gzip or any external software.
  2. Load time, the actual time needed to fully load all resources on the website tested. This is usually where almost everyone look, so nothing really to say about it, except for the 3-5 seconds page load which I was referring earlier.
  3. Last, but not least, its the page actual size, this is also something you should keep in mind, a bigger page size will obviously have a bigger load time. So if possible try splitting your pages to reduce the page size where possible.

That’s about it, thank you for reading this and I hope you found it interesting.