Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Optimize your Website's Loading Time with 10 Amazing Tools

Whether you are planning to launch a new website or you already have an existing one, Search engine optimization is vital to obtain quality traffic. SEO is quite helpful to make your web pages’ content more relevant, more striking, and more readable by search engines and their crawls. In the process of website optimization, it is very important to check the website’s loading speed. No matter how attractive and unique your site is, or how interesting your content is, nobody has the time to wait even for seconds to check your site is loading or not.

Today, some really useful tools are available for checking your website's loading time. These tools inform how long it takes to load a webpage on a web browser. Apart from informing the loading time, some of these tools also offer the comparison facility to test your website’s performance with your competitors. These tools let you know the objects which are stopping your website to load perfectly on proper time. Below are 10 amazing tools which are very helpful to optimize your website's loading time.

1. Pingdom Tools – Full page test: This tool loads a full HTML page along with all objects like CSS, images, RSS, Java Scripts, flash and frames/ iframes. Pingdom provides an easy to use site speed test that imitates the way a page is loaded in a web browser. The loading time of all objects reflect visually with time bars.

2. Uptrends: Just like Pingdom, Uptrends is also a complete page test tool which allows you to test the load time as well as speed of a full HTML page of your website including all website’s objects like CSS, images, frames/ iframes, Flash objects, RSS feeds and Java Script files.

3. OctaGate SiteTimer: However, SiteTimer is very similar to Pingdom tools but it is a brilliant option for those website developers who need to obtain a bird’s eye analysis of their work. SiteTimer stores information on how long each object takes to download, and how much data they contain. This information is then presented in a grid form.

4. Internet Supervision: It is a free internet web server monitoring tool that monitors the performance, availability, and the content of your website across the globe. It checks how your website is getting loaded in several geographical areas. This is a perfect option for those who are interested to know how long it takes to load their website from different locations in the world.

5. Website Optimization: This tool performs your website speed test and also improves the performance of your website.

6. Link Vendor: This tool provides duration of a given website. This value can be used to demonstrate the website’s loading time and then inform whether it is better to optimize the website or amend an ISP (Internet Service Protocol).

7. Site-Perf: Again a tool that looks quite similar to Pingdom but it moves a step forward by allowing you to choose the test server location and Max threads as per host value. With this wonderful tool, you acquire an accurate, rational, and useful estimation of your site’s loading speed.

8. Webslug: This tool measures load time and compare your site’s performance with competitor’s site. It measures the loading time fully from when the request was made. The best advantage of using Webslug is that it doesn’t require any download or any program to be installed. All you need to do is to just enter your website’s address and it’s all completed in your browser.

9. iWebTool: This is a simple but very useful tool. It tests your website’s loading time and compare this time with other competitors’ websites. This tool is considered to be a great tool for benchmarking. You to enter up to 10 websites and the results reflect websites’ size, the total loading time and the average speed per KB.

10. WebWait: It is a website timer that allows you to benchmark your website or test the speed of your web connection. It provides very accurate timing because WebWait drags the entire website into your browser, so it considers Ajax/ Javascript processing and image loading which is usually avoided by other tools.

1 comment:

  1. YSlow and GTMetrix are good too. These also provide suggestions for code optimization.