A fast loading website and performance is an essential factor for any successful online presence. After Google revealed that they are taking the site speed into consideration as a ranking criteria, people rushed to tools and tips to increase the performance of their websites.
But before optimizing your website, you need to analyze your website performance first and monitor what could potentially slow down your site. When this is done, you can use the data to optimize the performance of your website and avoid aspects that are slowing your site down. In this article we have collected some useful web services, tools and plugins that will help you to diagnose and analyze your site and allowing you to understand your website better.
Web Services to Monitor your Website Speed
Pingdom Website Speed Test
Google Analytics (www.google.de/intl/en/analytics/) is a service provided by the search engine company itself. Google Analytics is not only ideal to analyze keywords and rankings, but provides website owners also with different statistics and information regarding the performance of their website. If you are familiar with Google Analytics dashboard you can create a custom report and analyze amongst others the speed of your website. In this section Google gives you a rough idea about the average page load times of your site pages and also other load times such as “Average Redirection Time, Domain Lookup Time, Server Connection Time, Server Response Time and Page Download Time”.
GTmetrix – Website Speed and Performance Optimization
GTmetrix (www.gtmetrix.com) is another tool to optimize your online presence as it can help you to develop a faster, more efficient and all-around improved website experience for your users. This service comes with two options “Free and Premium” and is based on some popular tools such as “Google Page Speed, Firefox Performance Add-ons, Yslow (Yahoo), Firebug and Net Export”.
Neustar Website Performance
Neustar Website Performance (www.neustar.biz/it-security-services) includes two options to choose from: First Website Monitoring, “Externally monitor your website to see what customers see. Be alerted when your site is unavailable or pages load slowly.” and second Website Load Testing, “Test site traffic capacity, identify bottlenecks and be ready to launch new applications.”
YSlow (developer.yahoo.com/yslow/) analyzes web pages and suggests ways to improve their performance based on a set of rules for high performance web pages. Yahoo!’s Exceptional Performance team has identified 34 rules that affect web page performance. YSlow’s web page analysis is based on the 23 of these 34 rules that are testable. Click each performance rule on their website to see the details and learn more about website performance.
Show Slow (www.showslow.com) is an open source tool that helps monitor various website performance metrics over time. It captures the results of YSlow, Page Speed, WebPageTest and dynaTrace AJAX Edition rankings and graphs them to help you understand how various changes to your site affect its performance.
Load Impact (www.loadimpact.com) allows you to check out how many users can be handled at a time by your website without affecting its loading speed. Besides, its free account gives you the opportunity to check the loading impact of 50 simulated users.
Gomez – Performance Network Portal
Gomez (www.gomeznetworks.com) allows to conduct the real time performance test for a webpage from an external node location. In its report it displays the DNS lookup time, connection time, first byte, content download and redirect time.
The website speedometer of Searchmetrics (rapid.searchmetrics.com) shows the duration of a given website. This value can be used for showing how long a website takes to load and if it is better to optimize the website or change a (slow) ISP.
WordPress Plugins to Monitor your Website Speed
GTmetrix for WordPress
GTmetrix can help you to develop a faster, more efficient, and all-around improved website experience for your users. With this free plugin you can monitor your website performance, run analyses or schedule reports on a regular basis.
Serverstate is a free monitoring service to optimize your WordPress website. It monitors the accessibility of websites and alerts in case of non availability of the target website.