The adaptability of a website is pivotal for the success of any type of website. These days, with the constant introduction of new devices, software, clients and what not, it might seem difficult to keep up with the compatibility for every device. Another thing to be concerned about is the time it takes to load a website, regardless of the Internet speed offered by the user’s Internet provider. A better quality of an overall experience is mainly due to the website loading in an instant without having the user wait. Even Google takes the speed and time factor in to account when checking the web performance and ranking algorithms. Not only is a site that loads fast fun to browse for users, it also comes off as more appealing for various search engines. It’s a very fundamental and important aspect to understand the weaknesses of your website design and to know when and where to improve. Let’s take a look at 6 different tools that you can use in order to assess the performance of your website.
1. Dotcom Monitor
The Dotcom Monitor allows you to test the speed of your website instantaneously by using 23 different browsers from anywhere around the world. It will display information such as the size of the webpage that is being tested, the time it takes for it to load along with how many HTTP requests are required in order to fully display the page in the browser. Along with all this information, it will also show you in detail, the different aspects of your website and how they affect the way the site is downloaded. If you wish to make an improvement and fix a site that takes too long to load, then this tool will show you exactly what needs fixing in terms of the biggest contributors and their overall size. This tool is available for download free of cost, but they also offer a paid service which runs speed tests automatically instead of you having to conduct them manually every time.
2. Google PageSpeed Insights
As discussed earlier, Google takes the issue of page speed very seriously and factors this into their rankings, so as a helping tool for developers aimed at enhancing the performance of their site, Google PageSpeed Insights was created. The Google PageSpeed Insights does not only display basic information and the usual data that it analyzes, it goes a step further and displays a number of suggestions that you might not find in the HTML or CSS, but would definitely reduce the load time for your page. These are basically server improvements. Do not forget that these suggestions happen to be coming from Google itself, so do not take them lightly. Act on them and you will see the difference and the impact through the better performance of your web page and hopefully an increase in your ranking.
3. Pingdom Tools
The Pingdom Tools is known more commonly and famously for performing website tests. It works by displaying results in a similar manner to that of Dotcom Monitor, but it also provides a detailed and in depth analysis of every element that is present on your web page and how it affects the overall performance of your page. Other than that, various suggestions for improvements are also offered. The performance grade of Pingdom Tools might come off as a confusing gray area that might seem arbitrary at times. You will discover that repeating the tests on the same website many times over and over again will give you different results each time even though nothing on the site has actually changed. If you decide to use this grading feature of Pingdom Tools, make sure to opt to use more solid data instead.
4. Webpage Test
The Webpage Test is pretty much like Dotcom Monitor and Pingdom tools in terms of what it has to offer. It will test and display the same type of information for the optimization of your web page along with some suggestions on how to make your web page better. The only difference between this and the other two tools is the way it presents the data it has analyzed. The Webpage Test is designed keeping professional web developers in mind and caters to their need, unlike Dotcom Monitor and Pingdom tools that are aimed more at not so frequent developers or who are not really in the profession. So depending on the variation of one’s preferences and the level of professionalism, this tool is better suited for those who are good at handling more technical jargon.
WebSiteOptimization carries a web page analyzer that can be grouped together with Dotcom Monitor and Pingdom tools in terms of being suitable for basic users. The data it displays might not come off as easy to read when compared to Dotcom Monitor and Pingdom tools, but the plus is that it’s displayed on just one page, unlike other tools that require constant drilling to dig deeper in to the sort of data required. This one is recommended for anyone who is big on summarized reports.
6. What Does My Site Cost
This is one more way of evaluating the performance of your site in another form. It helps you view it as another person in a different part of the world and lets you see what it would cost them to run your page on their mobile device. Keep in mind that this is not very accurate as there are just too many variables to consider.