Run A Website Speed Test And Analysis On Your Site

Website Speed TestThis is old news for Google and people are finally taking them serious. Including me, so I ran an analysis and website speed test on my webpage.

I never ran one before or even knew why I had to, now I know the importance of it. Primarily lessen viewers bounce rate and the big G ratings.

As for users attention span: Studies show that users leave a site if it hasn’t loaded in 4 seconds; keep your users happy and engaged by providing a fast performing webpage!

When was the last time you checked your load time on your site? If you wondered how to do this, just follow along with me and I’ll show you how. I did my simple research and made some adjustments and it increased my speed a bit. I can’t complain!

Avoid The Issues:  As chaotic and a fear factor happening online nowadays, people are not sure what to expect from the search engines or they are afraid of being eliminated. Plus, Reading about all the hoopla with the Penguin and Panda Updates, which I think it should have been called corrections, load time was mentioned on their list. Don’t cut corners get your webpage in order, do it one-step at a time and keep it simple and don’t bend their rules. You don’t want to end up starting all over again, there are a few online marketers, starting off fresh again. They lost their valuable websites, content and traffic.

Take notice when browsing online how some websites run faster than others, there’s reasons behind it, which I will cover here.

Okay I’m keeping it real here, I’m not one of those analytical techie person, although I do pay attention when Matt Cutts, hints about website speed on your site. And webmaster developers are paying close attention on how their sites are loading.  So get your site tested and fixed.

Not A Funny Matter: I’ve read that your site should load 8 seconds or less. There are so many factors involved, but I’m going to touch on the basic tools I feel comfortable with. So, do your research what works best for you or check with your webmaster developer.

Website Analysis Factors To Keep In Mind

  • Slow Connectivity -the provider you use; DSL, cable, etc.
  • Browser Use – Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Firefox
  • Multiple Use Of Unnecessary Plugins – WordPress plugins
  • Image Or Pictures Size – avoid reduce transfer size or scaling down the image, using an image editor to compress true size of image.
  • Limit Widget Gadgets – social buttons, images and videos. Try to put them below the fold or bottom of page.
  •  AVOID Or Reduce Redirects – using 301 or 302 status codes. The main thing to remember is that redirects slows down the users. We know how we get when we have to be delayed a few seconds longer, we end up leaving the page.
  • Split Components Across Domains – like static pages. Supposedly you’re allowed to use 2 to 4 domains on your main webpage. ie….www.example.com, www.static1.example.com

As I mentioned, there are many factors and these are some of them to keep in mind. Just keep your webpage simple.

Tools To Test Your Website Speed

Here’s a simple method to use, a WordPress plugin called Wp Super Cache comes into play if your server is underpowered or you’re experiencing heavy traffic. With a few modifications you should be good to go. Plugins are wonderful and simple to make others to navigate through your site and be found, like sitemaps.

Here are the recommendations setting to follow through for your settings.

Recommended Settings: check off once plugin is implemented.

Easy Tab Setting – Enable plugin by checking off box and save it from the Wp dashboard.

Advanced Tab – Enable the following…. some are on default settings and a couple you need to manually check off and save it.

  1. Php caching
  2. Compress pages
  3. Don’t cache pages for known users
  4. Cache rebuild
  5. Extra homepage checks
  6. Mobile Device

Check Your Website Speed: In addition, a few more tools to analyze and test my webpage load speed. I used three different tools and this one is okay showing my load time. It’s not that bad, but it still need some work to it to speed it up more.

I tested another popular and favorite site, which I visit occasionally and it kicked out at ms time – (milliseconds), plus it was faster than 90% of all tested websites. Now that is one fast site. {IE.. my webpage is loading at:}

Tool for website load time testing

Basic But Simple Website Speed Tester Application

The procedure will be quick and simple to receive an analysis on your site speed and a few informed indicators in what kind of adjustments is needed.  These are just a handful of many other free tools to use.

  • Page Speed Tools – analyze your site online  It also provides suggestions on how to fix the performance issues.
  • Pingdom – Test the load time on your webpage
  • Webpage test – Run a free website speed test from multiple locations around the globe using real browsers (IE and Chrome) and at real consumer connection speeds.
  • GTmetrix – can help you develop a faster, more efficient, and all-around improved website experience for your users. Your users will love you for it.

Vital information to know on web performance optimization to apply to your website, without all the techie hassles.

Don’t take my word for it, listen to your customers, clients and give them what they want, because they are the ones who come by and see what you have available. Secondary, bots and spiders will visit your webpage as well, so keep it in optimal speed performance.

I appreciate your visit and if you found this post to be of value don’t hold back and share it with others with a Like and Tweet and of course a comment.

Also, if you have any suggestions of your own to give to others on this topic, please share it here.

Pump up the speed volume. Mahalo, Lani :)

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10 Responses to Run A Website Speed Test And Analysis On Your Site

  1. Quite a long time ago I got someone on fiverr to sort my site out for me, so I scored a grand 3.59 so I’m pleased. I actually went about sorting it out because someone emailed me and told me how slow the site had been for them. I decided it was time to do something about it. It’s alright having these tools but when faced with a problem we do need to go about solving it.

    Enjoy the journey.

    Mandy
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  2. I have to admit that I’ve never ran my blogs for speed test, but given that you give us all the step by step here, I think Iv’e got to try it now.

    Thank you for this.

  3. Hi Lani, Thank you so much for putting all this information for us to access. I’m going to bookmark it and return often. I can tell you that for me tracking and measuring seems scary and complicated but I know it’s something I want to learn and apply. What a resourceful friend you are! ~ Nathalie
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  4. Hi Lani,
    I’m not a technical person but I do know from my website designer that how fast your site loads is important to keeping people from leaving it before they can read your content. I did not know about all the free tools to check this so I want to thank you for providing this information. I will try some of them and see how my site matches up since I do have alot of food pictures and flash on my site.
    Thanks for the info!

  5. Hi Maholo,

    Many thanks for sharing these tips which are so important . As we know online speed is very important to get the attention of our visitors. take care Rosemary

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