4 Tools for Analyzing and Improving Website Speed
Website speed is one of the most important factors that influences website performance and rating on the web -- it affects user experience, search engine ranks, and can increase bounce rate if the load time is slow.
To gain all the benefits that comes from having a fast website, below are some of the best tools to use.
Uptrends allow testing from over 35 different locations. The final report will give you an assessment by domain group as well as a waterfall breakdown (waterfall charts helps you to visualize the cumulative effect of sequentially introduced positive and negative value).
This domain group then goes into further details hereby putting the resources into different categories (e.g advertisement, third party, social media and so on.)
Meanwhile, the Waterfall Analysis enables you to determine exactly what elements in your site are causing the greatest delays. It inspects HTTP headers per element, making it easy to analyze root causes.
The Uptrends package comes with social media scripts, content delivery network performance check, user analytics and analysis of video player embed.
Uptrends offer monitoring for the website itself, web applications, websites on mobile devices and for internal/external servers. It comes with a 30-day free trial.
KeyCDN speed test
KeyCDN is a great tool which offers a remarkably quick and light performance test with rich details.
It provides about 14 different locations to choose from and offers the option to either make results private or public. KeyCDN’s speed test reports are a waterfall breakdown and a preview of the website.
The tool is very responsive and works on mobile phone also. From the reports gotten from this tool, you can see the number of HTTP requests made, the size of requested pages, the loading time amongst others.
KeyCDN leverages on its experience of being a real-time Content Delivery Network (CDN) in providing this website performance tool. A CDN comprises of a network of proxy servers and data centers distributed worldwide which offers high availability and performance in service delivery to customers.
Google PageSpeed insights
Google PageSpeed Insights happen to be one of the best tools out there for carrying out website performance check. This service grades your sites from the range of 1-100, with above 85 considered as good.
PageSpeed measures two things—the time of the above-the-fold load (i.e, the amount of time it takes for the upper part of the page to load) and time of full page load.
There are desktop and mobile versions of this tool. On mobile reports, there’s a User Experience tool (which is currently in Beta) showing what specific item needs to be addressed and how, and it offers context to why they need to be addressed to improve the mobile user experience.
Google PageSpeed Insights give a total picture of the site speed as well as recommendations (e.g image change) on how to improve it.
The awesomeness of Dotcom-monitor is that it allows testing from 25 different locations and on seven different browsers. With other tools, you can only run tests individually from each location. However, with this tool, you can run all global tests all at the same time.
The reports all come in five sections: A summary, the performance, waterfall chart, host analysis, and errors. Due to the interface being so easily accessible, all the information are readily understood.
The service is absolutely free and allows testing through cloud services as well as across national firewalls. Currently, the reports gotten allows you to monitor sites performance 24/7 with summaries by locations.
You can check for the fastest and slowest 10% of elements with information provided on the easy-to-read waterfall chart. On top of that, the tool also allows you to check for errors and diagnostics.
Study these tools and utilize the ones you consider a good fit for your site. With the tool well-setup, you’re on your way to having a noticeably faster website.