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How to test the speed of a website

Site Speed Insite

There is no secret to how the innovative culture of technology and researching information has evolved to having homes in the online space.
Many things that we do requires access to the internet such as uploading and downloading documents, finding jobs, people, locations, recommendations and many more.

But what good does it do when you are in a hurry to get information on your favorite restaurant if you can’t even get the website to load properly.

Especially where we are so custom to searching for information as quickly as possible. Or even worse… you lose potential clients because your website is not running fast enough.

In this post, I will be discussing how to test the speed of a website, your website, your neighbor’s website if you wanted to. As well what tools that are available for free to help you with site speed. ready? Let’s begin.

How to test the speed of a website

Google Site Speed Tool

 

There are so many platforms out there that you can use for free to test out your website’s capabilities. One that I highly recommend is Google because of the easy to navigate platform.

Just like other site speed resources out there Google shows you exactly why your website is running slow and how you can improve your website’s performance.

“How it works” Enter the URL of your site

First, you enter your website’s information inside the tools bar, and you click analyze. Once you click analyze, it shows you two different speeds one for mobile and one for a desktop.

Before

Now as we know it, connectible devices are going to be the preferred option you want to pay attention to when it comes to site speed. In all honesty, pay attention to both, but the mobile is more commonly used all over the world since it’s more convenient to get into because so many of us are on the go.

After

Site speed sample

Understanding the diagnostic process.

Now with that being said once you have analyzed your sites speed you simply click on the list that is in the red and it will display what options you have to increase that number. Again no one wants to go to a slow website so make an effort to change this.

There is a variety of menus that such

  • Defer offscreen images
  • Serve images in next-gen formats
  • Ensure text remains visible during web font load etc.

Screen shot of my speed tester analysis

Now one of my recommendations on tackling some of these issues are compressing your photos, this seems to be the most common one that can slow down your website speed. There are a few plugins that can help with that compression as well as improve your website’s performance.

Plugins I used…

  • Smush  – “Try this one first”
  • Lazy Load by WP Rocket
  • Autoptimize
  • EWWW Image Optimizer

smush screen shot

About GT- Metrix

Another popular website analyzer is called GT- Metrix . Now they will both work the same way as far as giving you recommendations on improving your website speed. Both sites share some great content and research information on developers, monitoring your site’s performance, video capturing and more.

Conclusion

The conclusion is merely this don’t get stuck with a slow website and run the risk of losing customers or not gaining traffic.
That will hurt you in the long run; also these are just two examples of platforms that I know of, but there are dozens more all with different features but with the same purpose to analyze your speed.

 

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