You can have a perfectly designed website, exceptional, SEO-friendly content, and great visual experience, but nothing will matter if your website takes time to load. With increasing choices of site content and lesser attention spans of users, it is essential to keep your page loading time within the standard approved range of three seconds. This is where testing tools can come in handy to help you audit the time taken to load each page. These tools not only help you with the speed analysis but also lay out guidelines on how you can fix the problem or any other issue that is causing a delay in loading.
Here are some of the most tried and tested tools that site owners have been using, and each of them has proven to be incredibly helpful to boost page speed.
This tool has been there for a while and it quite popular among VPS hosting users. Pingdom tells you how fast (or slow) particular page loads and it also compares the result with other results on its own database. Finally, it also presents an overall performance score for your website and displays a list of page insights with respect to that performance. Pingdom Tools runs across different servers located in different parts of the world. You should use the one closest to your site’s data center for optimum results.
GTMetrix is a highly efficient testing tool which helps you determine the loading time of your web page and how heavy your web page is. Along with these basic data, it also tells you what issues you need to fix on the page to boost the speed and how. GTMetrix displays Page Speed Score, YSlow Score, Total Loading Time. The highlight of this tool is the detailed explanation of the insights that it offers.
WebPageTest is yet another commonly used tool to test page loading time. It provides in-depth results on the speed with detailed data. When accessing the application, it opens in a default Advanced Testing mode, where you can select the location of your test server and the browser that you want to use. There is also a Performance Review section, where the application provides you with suggestions for improving your site performance.
There are many other tools, but these are the most commonly used and have great user reviews. They all tend to fulfill the same functions in general. However, some of them score a point above the other in terms of going an extra mile with better insights on site improvement. To be able to narrow down which tool you need, you should always run tests and use multiple tools to cross-check the results. Although it is primarily the responsibility of your hosting provider to ensure optimized site performance, you, as the site owner should also monitor the loading time and run these tools periodically. With a reliable and efficient VPS India Server hosting service and your own initiatives, you can remarkably improve your site’s performance.