Top 3 free ways to check the Speed of your Website
With search engine ranking algorithms becoming smarter and smarter, speed is more crucial than ever for your user experience. Neglecting your optimisation is a sure fire way to see your website never rank, and users that do find your site won’t hold their patience for long.
It is an absolute requirement of any website nowadays to load in good time, especially (certainly not limited to) small and new businesses. Work hard (or pay someone…) to optimise your site and you’ll have made a wise choice.
With this in mind, we have put together a short list of our 3 favourite free tools that we use on ours and our clients sites for measuring site speed.
Note that I won’t be going into detail here about how to use any of these tools. There are plenty of great guides already out there for that!
Google PageSpeed Insights
Easily my favourite, Google PageSpeed insights is where I start any speed benchmarking exercise. The information provided is great and highly actionable. There are plenty of guides out there on how to deal with what this tool gives you (we’ve got one about speeding up your website with plugins here).
You can find this tool: Google PageSpeed Insights
Always make sure you do your research on how to deal with optimisation suggestions. If you incorrectly optimise images, for example, you’ll end up accidentally converting them into a low quality state.
WebPageTest is a nice little tool that lets you test across multiple browsers. It provides a good visual timeline that tells you how long it takes to load a page. This tool is one we include in our before and after tests.
You can get this tool here: WebPageTest
If you’re like us and you want to make sure your website/s load well from multiple locations, Pingdom is a good tool for you to check out. The final output will also highlight some of the weaker areas that need attention. We use this as a guide to get direction on quick wins and low hanging fruit.
You can get this tool here: Pingdom
There really are heaps of tools out there. I could probably do a top 30 and be happy that all tools on the list were really good, so please do just use this article as a quick guide to get you started on your journey. The hardest part is learning how to action the data that you’re receiving, but the web community out there is so great that you should have no trouble finding information to suit your needs. Remember though, always backup your website before trying something new! Better to be safe.
If you’d rather get someone to do all of this for you, just give us a call. We quite enjoy all this stuff! You can find our contact information here.
Alternatively, If you have an idea for a website and are in the Milton Keynes or Northampton area, get in touch! We’d love to hear it over a coffee.