Website Speed Optimization:Top 5 Websites Speed Checker Tools

We all love to go through sites and blogs that loads fast. We easily get irritated when a site won’t load quickly enough. But, being a blogger, how much do you care about your blog’s speed? Is it fast like a Ferrari or slow like a snail? My point is, a webmaster must be concerned about the loading speed of his/her blog/site.

Paying attention to, and improving loading speed of a blog has more than one advantage! It makes your visitors happy, promotes user engagement, reduce bounce rate etc. Above all, good speed helps your blog get into Google’s good books.

It is a well known fact that loading speed and time are factors influencing SERP (Search Engine Ranking Page). So, fellas, you have truck load of reasons to attend to slow speed (just assuming) of your blog.

Before you set out on that quest to improve loading speed, let me tell you where to start. There are ample free tools available, which will help you map your blog’s performance, loading speed and time etc. So, first of all, check out the present status of your blog/site, find out issues and rectify them.

There are lots of free tools that’ll help you get this task done. And I’m not going for a ‘big, bad’ and exhaustive list. But I’ll put up a list that you’d love and, above all, help you do a good job. Brace yourself, the list is coming.

Top 5 Free Website Speed Checker Tools:

One of the most popular, used and recommended tool to check speed and performance of sites and blogs. I just love this tool. It is easy to use, generates reports fast and the report provides useful insights to crucial issues your blog has.

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GT Metrix’s post scan look

The report shows a site/blog’s loading time, number of requests it makes, its size etc. The % rating of PageSpeed and YSlow are given. GT Metrix shows how well your blog fares in various aspects like Minifying of JavaScript and CSS, Optimization of image etc. The scores are given out of 100.

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Click on Low scoring factors to find issues

If your blog scores low in a certain aspect, click it. GT Metrix will show the culprits responsible for the low score. This, basically is a suggestion that you may fix it.

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Location of servers to test

GT Metrix also allows users to compare two sites’ performance! Registered users even have the freedom to simulate the latency of user’s internet connection. This feature can be used to check your blog’s performance when it is accessed from different parts of the world.

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Pingdom’s post scan look

Pingdom.com is your one stop shop to improve site/blog performance. Its speed test tool is very popular and full of useful features.

As you can see from the screenshot, there are three locations to test a blog/site from. The report consists of a performance grade (out of 100), number of requests made, loading time and size of page. Users can either make the test results public or keep it private.

Pingdom grade view

Grade view makes finding out issues easy!

The report generated can be analyzed in different ways like ‘waterfall’ view, ‘grade’ view etc. These representations can be used to understand factors making your site/blog slow.

Other features include DNS health checkup, performing a ping etc. You may register at Pingdom and they’ll monitor your site/blog for free.

I use this free tool to keep an eye on my blog’s performance across mobile devices. This is the age of smartphones! I use Google analytics to know traffic stats of my blogs. I must admit that a good portion of visitors to some of my blogs use their smartphone to access it.

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Separate analysis for mobile devices and desktop

It is high time that we keep an eye on our blog’s performance across mobile devices. Google PageSpeed Insights makes this possible.

This tool, as the screenshots suggests, analyses a site/blog and generates performance scores (out of 100). There are two reports- one for performance across desktop and the other for performance across mobile devices.

It smartly suggests what needs to be done to see improvements in the score. There are 3 types of suggestions- red (fix it and get big improvement), orange (not a big issue, but worth fixing) and green (no issues). This tool is a product of Google, so, along with it comes that ‘reliability’.

I’m not a regular user of this tool. But it is very reliable and won’t disappoint you. For using this tool, you must first fill in some details they demand. As shown in the screenshot, users may select a location to test from. The list is a big and impressive one.

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Pie-Chart analysis on Gomez.com

Once you fill in the details and submit it, the performance report will be generated next. Let us talk about the performance report now. It covers aspects like- loading time, page size, first byte time etc.

What I really like about the report is the use of pie charts. Pie Charts are used to show which object has big size, which object takes much time to load etc. In my blog’s case, images are the biggest files and they take the most time for loading.

I’ve mentioned this tool last. But don’t let its position fool you! I’m not ‘ranking’ these tools. This tool, gentlemen, is the one that offers loads of unique features!

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This tool offers exciting features!

Just go through the screenshot and look at the amazing features that this tool offers. Users have the luxury to choose from a large choice of test locations. They may even choose the browser out of- IE9, Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.

The advanced settings allows users to select the type of connection-cable, 3G, Dial Up etc. Then there’s an option to know how your site/blog fares on mobile devices. The tool even allows you to choose the device!

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Analysis and grading

Now, let us talk about the report it generates. The report is easy to follow. A performance score (out of 100) is given. Blocks are used to show the grades your blog got in various aspects like ‘first byte time’, ‘image compression’ etc.

This is followed by the waterfall representation of components’ loading time. Pie Charts also give good insights towards contents, their size and the time they take to load.

Wrapping it up

Okay guys, end of the list! Boosting your blog’s loading speed and reducing its loading time is important for SEO. I think the above mentioned free website speed tools will help you get started. They are easy to use, efficient and quite effective. I admit that there are other good tools I didn’t mentioned in this list. Okay, here is one more- Load Impact. They are worth checking out. Feel free to leave your suggestions in the comment section.

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Comments

  1. Really Very Fresh Content and really helpful information keep it up..
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    • Arun Kallarackal says:

      Hi Harsh,

      Yes, such sites are always helpful. They help us get started towards improving site/blog performance.

  2. i always use pingdom, but after trying out thus GTmetrix, i can’t say anything but “I LOVE GTmetrix”

    Although all of the tools are great.
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  3. Arun Kallarackal says:

    Hi Isaiah,

    I agree GT Metrix is awesome. But one feature that I’d like to see in it is the analysis of ‘mobile’ version of a site/blog. Google and Webpagetest offers these mobile stats too.

    So I prefer to use a couple of these sites rather than just GT Metrix.

    Thanks Isaiah for visiting and sharing your views.

    Arun

  4. Pingdom is better than gtmetrix

  5. This is a great post essential for the bloggers Arun :)

    To be frank, am not aware of any of these blog speaking checking tools, but impressed with the first tool as you explained about it very well.

    Will check my blog with it now, thanks for sharing this useful information with us.

    Keep doing the same forever :)

    • Arun Kallarackal says:

      Hi Nirmala,
      Glad to see you here! Okay, so you are not using these tools? I suggest that you use them an keep an eye on speed and performance of your blog.
      #1, GT Metrix is a good tool. But to get an idea about how well your blog performs on mobile devices, you should use Google PageSpeed Insights or Webpagetest.org.
      Arun

  6. Hii Arun,

    Loading speed is really important for every blog because a fast loading is preferred by Search Engines and leaves a better impression on it’s readers.

    I will suggest another great website for checking website speed as well as complete SEO health of your blog : Quick Sprout by Neil Patel.

    Awesome article Arun. Good Work. :)

    • Arun Kallarackal says:

      Hi Ankur,
      You’re absolutely right! Page speed is a crucial factor for good position in SERPs and for good user experience.
      Your suggestion is good. I’ve used that tool at QuickSprout. It is useful. But still, these 5 tools I mentioned provide better performance related insights.
      Thank you for giving your valuable suggestions!
      Arun

  7. Hey Arun,

    You never cease to churn out great and amazing masterpiece, buddy! You are too much!

    I seldom pay attention to my site’s speed but I often times speak to my host and they always assure me my load speed is fine. So no hassle.

    Yet I love GTMetrix and I always make use of it to analyze my blog – Enstine recommended it to me though. :)

    Nice write up matey! Do keep the flame burning. :D

    Sam

    • Arun Kallarackal says:

      Hi Sam,

      Sorry for the late reply. Had been facing some technical issues.

      Okay, so your hosts are good people it seems. It is good that they entertain your queries :)

      Enstine’s recommendation is good. GT Metrix works like a charm. But I also recommend Google PageSpeed Insights, just to keep an eye on the mobile version of your blog.

      Thanks for your feedback Sam,
      Arun

  8. Hi Arun,

    I love Google Pagespeed, it gives all kind of stats and on different version of site. Now Google is putting more emphasis on Mobile versions and that’s the reason they have updated their webmaster and page speed to support the mobile variants…

    I use GTMatrix, but just to make sure everything is ok…sometimes its hard to do everything page speed is suggesting… :)

    • Arun Kallarackal says:

      Hi Sanjeev,

      Yes, Google is giving increased importance to mobile version of a site. I guess that this step is good, because ultimately it is for the sake of visitors :)

      Thanks for sharing your views Sanjeev :)

      Arun

  9. Awesome help … After testing my blog. It says my site is taking much time to get it load. Thanks for good help.
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  10. Hello,

    Pingdom Website Speed Test is my favorite web site to check the speed of any blog. Although most of the mentioned sites are totally new to me and the post is really helpful.

    I’ll surely try them out.

    Thanks
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  11. Good list. Heads up that you have a broken link to WebPageTest though because you have /” at the end of the URL.
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    • Arun Kallarackal says:

      Hi David,

      I’m glad that you liked the list. And hey, thanks for pointing out that broken link. It seems like admin Deepak has fixed it :)

      Arun

  12. Loading speed is really important for blog/website. thanks to share very important tool i visit these site first time very useful tool.
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  13. Hey buddy,

    Glad that my article proved to be of help to you! Make sure that you use these tools regularly.

    Arun

  14. I only knew about Google’s page speed.

    thanks for the list
    Akos

  15. Thanks @Arun, Awesome collection but one I use is – Google PageSpeed Insights

  16. Hello,All these speed checker tools are useful & relevant enough, but i like Gt Metrix most as it is convenient to use for increasing website speed.

  17. Thanks to provide the information to chacking website speed. These website are also helpful to increase webbsite speed.
    Thanks Again

  18. Hi, All these above sharing website speed checker tools are really useful & relevant too. Thanks a lot for share this important article..
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  19. I use Anturis instead of Pingdom to check not only the speed of the site but everything that can be checked about a website. I think this is a kind of guarantee that the site will be working in the right way.

  20. waw, complete instruction.
    unfortunately I still blogspot
    users. Maybe tomorrow switch to
    WordPress.
    Thnx Bro for Ur article.

  21. Nice list of blog you have given to check site speed..thank you
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