The loading time(speed) of a website is a crucial factor to improve the overall experience of your users. If your website is taking too much time to load, then users won’t stay on your website for very long time.
Apart from user experience, a faster performing site also rank higher in Google search results.
Studies show that users leave a site if it hasn’t loaded in 4 seconds; so keep your users happy & engaged by providing a fast performing website!
Here are 5 Best Free tools to evaluate the speed of your site:
Page Speed: An open source tool from Google to evaluate the performance of web pages and gives suggestions for improvement.
YSlow: A free tool from Yahoo! that suggests ways to improve website speed. It is available to download as add-on for browsers to measure performance of a website.
GTmetrix: GTMetrix uses both Page Speed and YSlow to evaluate your site’s performance and it runs online without downloading any add-ons.
WebPagetest: With webpagetest, Run a free website speed test from multiple locations around the world using real browsers (IE & Chrome) and at real consumer connection speeds.
Pingdom: Pingdom is a great tool to test the speed of a website. It breaks down the speed into how long it takes for every script, CSS file & media asset to load.
Some Other Tools To Test The Speed of Your Website:
Whichloadsfaster: Compare the speed of two websites at the same time.
Site-Perf :Test your speed and display relevant data of your website.
You can also use Webmaster Tools, Labs > Site Performance which shows the speed of your website as experienced by users around the globe.