Earlier, a post was published on our website regarding the WordPress Plugin to enhance the overall speed of the webpage. But how to check whether your webpage is performing above par or not? In that post, a brief reference was given to a tool (GTmetrix) which can be used to check the Page Speed which helped us to take into account and then optimize the critical points which were causing a decline in the speed of the website. Then we thought to cover some of the best tools which could be helpful in this regard. So we have dedicated this post for it.
In my humble opinion, GTMetrix is perhaps the best in the business if you wish to check that how well your website is performing in terms of speed. This tool does not only provides you with the Speed Ranks (both PageSpeed Score and YSlow Score) of your website, but also gives a detailed information about various important parameters like Page Load Time, Total Number of Requests and Page Size. But the best part is still to come. GTMetrix generates a detailed report about the factors affecting the performance of the website and also suggests the optimizations possible to alleviate those problems. For example, if you have some kind of image on your website which is not optimized, then this tool not only reports the problem but also provides the optimized version of that image.
Further, you can also compare your website with other similar websites using its Compare feature. And if you are applying some optimizations on your website, you can Retest your website’s performance again and again, for as many iterations as you wish.
2. Google PageSpeed Insights
This tool has been provided by Google, and thus is one of the best and fastest tools to check your website’s speed related parameters. PageSpeed Insights tool has edge on GTMetrix when it comes to quickly and neatly get to the point answers to your Page Speed related problems. One advantage of this tool is that it gives the performance analysis for both desktop and mobile devices. Since, mobile devices are becoming more and more ubiquitous, thus it is necessary to keep an eye on how your website would perform when used from a mobile device. And this is where PageSpeed Insights out-performs most of the other tools.
Like GTMetrix, PageSpeed Insights also provides the detailed report about the factors affecting the website’s performance and suggestions to resolve those issues. It also gives a score related to the user experience for mobile devices, which would come in handy if you are willing to capture the increasing traffic of mobile device users. But one short coming of this tool is that you cannot compare two websites side by side. Still, I believe that PageSpeed Insights is a great tool which provides to-the-point solutions to various critical problems related to website’s performance.
3. Website Grader
I recently came across this Website Grader tool and found it amazingly simple and effective. This tool is not only for the Speed Rank of your website, rather it also takes into account other parameters as well, including SEO, Mobile Friendliness and Security. In short, this tool analyzes the overall performance of the website. And like the above mentioned tools, it also provides suggestions for various issues of your website. If you are finding it difficult to understand the exact problem of your website, then you can click on the READ MORE button, which would take you to a more detailed article explaining the problem and its solution.
4. IISpeed Page Speed Test
IISpeed Page Speed Test is also a simplified tool with a neat UI. This tool provides an overview of the key performance parameters like PageSpeed Mobile Speed Score, PageSpeed Mobile Friendly Score and PageSpeed Desktop Speed Score. On the left hand side, there are tabs available which provides more in-depth analysis of the website’s performance, highlighting the problematic areas and providing some suggestions to bid adieu those issues.
5. Pingdom Website Speed Test
Pingdom’s Full Page Test tool is also one of the best in this regard. It measures the performance grade of the website and provides other key parameters as well. A detailed analysis of the website’s performance is also provided with the help of waterfall model. Further, this tool also gives the Performance Grade Report and Page Analysis. Finally, it also maintains a history of the website’s performance graphically so that you can track the improvement/decline in the performance of your website.
The above mentioned tools are only a few from a plethora of the available tools which can be used for the same purpose. But the tools discussed above have been in our use to check and improve the performance of our website. Thus, we have discussed it here so that anyone who has just set up a website in 2016 and wishes to measure the Page Speed Rank of the website, then this post can provide some help. We would also love to hear from your experience. Please share your valuable experience with us in the comments section below!