How to check the speed of your site.

How do you know how fast your site is? Well thankfully it’s not that hard.

I use four websites to keep baselines on page speeds and optimization


webpagetest

http://www.webpagetest.org/

pingdom

http://tools.pingdom.com/fpt/

gtmetrix

http://gtmetrix.com/

google

https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/

I use more than one because pagespeed readings can vary between one and the next. And this way I have a range of what the site should do under slightly different situations.

Each page has a huge number of metrics to keep an eye on. And though I glance over them to find abnormalities, there are only about 17 total metrics that I keep a record of.

WebPageTest

  1. Load time – first view
  2. First byte time – first view
  3. Load time – repeat view
  4. First byte time -repeat view

pingdom

  1. performance grade
  2. # of requests
  3. load time
  4. page size (kb)
  5. Faster than % of all test websites

Gtmetrix

  1. Page Speed Grade
  2. Yslow Grade
  3. load time
  4. Page size
  5. # of requests

Google Page Speed

  1. Mobile Speed
  2. Mobile User Experience (UX)
  3. Desktop Suggestions.

 

All of these sites have suggestions, but I always start with Google’s… because they’re actually telling you what will directly influence your search rank.  Also Google’s suggestions are much more detailed on ways to improve your site.  And they have other great resources like https://developers.google.com/web/fundamentals/performance/

What do you use to gauge your site’s speed? How important do you think speed is to your search rank?

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