Page Spead is the loading time taken by a web page when crawled by a Search Engine bot. In general, page speed differs from location to location depending on the server through which they access the content. It also depends on the internet connectivity, since a low bandwidth internet connectivity might load a web page slower when compared to a high-speed connection.
The page speed is calculated in two different prospects , one from the Search Engines prospect and one from the users. When a user searches online and reaches a web page, the time taken to load that page depends on the kind of browser he/she is using and the speed of internet connection also plays a huge role along with the size of that particular web page. But, this is entirely different when you are talking from Search Engines point of view, as Search Engines have bots that crawl the website and check for the speed of the web page on different servers from different locations.
The page speed plays an important role in ranking websites and blogs as Google has included it in their core algorithm updates. So, if you have a slow loading web page, you better optimize it before you lose the rankings.
Best Page Speed Tools For Testing Load Time
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The following list of tools is tremendously useful for both Web Developers and Bloggers. The Page speed testing tools include both Free and Paid, but all of them offer a free version. To get additional details, you might have to subscribe.
Think With Google
The best tool for any blogger and web developer looking to optimize their web page or blog to Google. Think With Google provides Mobile Friendly test, Mobile, and Desktop page Speed tests. A details report of the test is mailed the requested mail id.
Great tool for Web developers who craves for a detailed report of the Page Speed from major data centers. The Sucuri Performance test provides Location, URL, Connection time, First Byte, and Total load speed along with a performance grade.
Providing several metrics like URL, Status, Size, Response time, DNS Time, Connection time, First Byte time, Render Start time, Document Complete, Total Page Load time along with different load time for different components. The Site24X7 also provided content breakdown by requests and content breakdown by size. It is a good tool just to have an overview of the page load data.
The iiSpeed a great free tool that provides the multiple page load tests on Mobile, Desktop, Usability, Mobile Friendly, YSlow Score and metrics and a Waterfall timings chart to analyze the data.
Providing the page load test from major data servers like United States, Europe, and Asia/Pacific, the Monitis tool is simple yet a good free tool to get the Status, Size and Load Speed timeline of a Webpage along with its sub-domains.
Absolutely free! One of the cool page load testing tools. Page Scoring provides Total Load time, URL – Content type – Size – Load time. Extremely simple but am not sure about the location is scans the web page. Most developers and bloggers prefer the location and data center while testing page speed.
Providing a details time chart for the complete load time of the scanned web page, the WebsitePulse provides a limited set of URLs that are crawled by the bot in the first hit. The tool provides URL, Status of the URL, Time, DNS, Connect, Redirect, First byte, Last byte, and errors.
Yet another great site analyzing tool that provides website speed test from a selected locations which can be opted out manually. The Uptrends displays the metrics like Resolve, HTTP/HTTPS Handshake, TCP Connect, Sen, Wait, receive, Timeout with waterfall and domain groups. You can also check for site UpTime, Traceroute, and DNS report. That’s a great many features for Intermediate developers.
Just as the Uptrends, the KeyCDN also provides selected location data centers to run the test but they are very few compared to Uptrends. In the test run by KeyCDN, you get a complete analysis of Response Header and Request header of each and every URL scanned along with the Method, Status, Type, Time, and Timeline. Pretty good tool for developers.
Google Page Insights
If you are a blogger for at least some time now, you should know the tool already. The Google PageInsights is the official web page analyzer from Google. The only reason to include the tool here is, it provides the most accurate data ever and suggests fixes along with a Page Score.
The Best Ping Tools for Page Speed Testing & Analyzing
The following site speed testing and analyzing tools are probably the best tools available. The list is based on the features provided by the tools and how advanced the bots are with their crawlers.
One of the most popular ping and page testing tools around the web. The Pingdom tool is available to test for free but to get more advanced data and to ping unlimited sites, you need to subscribe to a plan. No matter how popular the tool is and how often bloggers use it to test their website, Pingdom provides testing from 5 major locations. Apart from that, I personally feel Pingdom is a great tool for bloggers but an average to above average tool for developers.
Yet another great tool with utmost accurate results and page load score. Apart from the lag that it pings the site from only one server (Vancouver, CA), the GTmetrix is a perfect tool for any developer and blogger. The GTmetrix page test tool provides Page load score, YSlow score, Waterfall details, and several components for suggested fixes. You can also download the report in a PDF form right away and the best part is, you can compare multiple websites at once.
Powered by SpeedChecker, the MapLatency is a great tool with too many features and options. You can selectedly check for ICMP Ping, Traceroute, DNS, HTTP Get, and whichever country you want to. The best part about the tool is, web pages can be pinged from a list of selected networks and by using ASN id along with test frequency.
I might be wrong, but to knowledge and the research I have done on Ping tools, the DotCom-Tools is the only tool that pings and loads the page speed data from multiple countries at once. You can then view the complete report of each country with a detailed YSlow, Waterfall, and several other components. You can even monitor your website using the tool.
Probably, the only tool with every single feature included. You get a detailed chart for Waterfall view, Connection view, and request headers. The WebPageTest tool provides Load time, First byte, Start Render, Visually Complete, Speed Index, DOM Elements, Document Complete, Errors, Fully Load time, RUN First Paint, domInteractive, domContentLoad, and LoadEvent, You also get the complete report of performance review with Keep-Alive, ZGip, Compress Img, Progressive, Cache Static, and CDN Detect. Informational charts for content breakdown is available along with the content breakdown by Domains.