The load time is a very important factor for your website’s search engine ranking and for maintaining a good user experience. Google made it official that if your website loading time is very high, you can be penalized in the search rankings. Clearly, this is serious!
I have shared many tips and tricks which will make sure that your blog loads quickly, and in case you missed them, here are a couple of articles that will help you get started:
You should consistently check the loading time of your webpage to ensure that the new techniques you adopt are actually helping you and not hurting your page.
I’m going to share four of the best (free) online tools which check the loading time of your website and offer suggestions on how to improve.
4 Free Tools To Test Website Load Time
This is one of my favorite website load time testing tools as it tests loading time from multiple places at the same time.
One of the most important aspect here is the time to first byte which tells you how long it took for the content to be sent back to the browser to start processing the page.
This is the first website which I usually recommend. It analyzes your webpage and recommends changes which you should implement if you want to improve your site’s performance.
Here is the performance report for ShoutMeLoud and you can clearly see lots of suggestions. Here, GTMetrix shows ShoutMeLoud takes 9.26 sec to load, which is suicidal.
A good idea is to re-run the test, and sometimes caching plugins can do funny things (like removing 6 seconds from page load time).
You can also consider installing the GTMetrix WordPress plugin <Link> which lets you check the loading time of your blog from your WordPress dashboard.
This is another great website which checks your page loading time and gives you a great overview of the overall performance of your website.
It gives you a good idea of the elements on your page that take the maximum time to load. You can sort the results by various parameters like load order, load size etc.
One of the great things about Pingdom is, it will give you an idea of the external script that takes the maximum time to load. Also, history tabs will give you a perspective on how your page loading speed has improved over time.
This is another popular tool to test the loading time and performance of your website. The best part is it offers various locations to test with and you can also select the browser you want to test your website’s function on.
These four tools are great and will give you useful information about the overall loading time of your page and how you can work on improving it.
Note: I don’t recommend you get too obsessed with speed, but try to make your page load time under 3 seconds, and make sure you are also serving up a mobile-optimized version of your website.
Which website do you use to check the loading time of your page? Let me know in the comments below.
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