If you’re a blogger, SEO specialist, web designer or someone who’s job involves the Internet, then you know that Google is obsessed with speed not only with their products but also with the web. That’s why they’ve been pushing for it the past few years with different standards, protocols and tools like their PageSpeed Tools – PageSpeed Module, PageSpeed Insights, PageSpeed Service and PageSpeed Chrome DevTools.
Making the web and individual websites faster create a better and happier experience for all Internet users. Aside from that, studies have shown that speeding up the web also reduces operating costs. It also results in better customer engagement, retention, and conversion. So it’s basically a win-win situation for both website owner and the user.
For those of you who run a blog or website like I do, it’s important that we know and keep track of our website’s speed on a regular basis. There are several tools available online, but I’d like to share with you one that I’ve recently discovered. I’m talking about Dotcom-Monitor’s Website Speed Test. This free tool instantly tests your website speed and detects performance issues from 23 different locations worldwide, giving you a cool global snapshot of your website.
To test your website’s speed, just type in the URL in the space provided.
You could choose which web browser and also specify which version to use for the test. Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox has only 1 option but Internet Explorer, Safari, Android and Blackberry have several options to choose from.
Another thing you can configure are Test Agents (Locations). You can choose which location you want the test to performed from. There are 3 groups to choose from – America, Europe & Middle East and Asia, Australia, Africa. If you want to narrow it down to a more specific location, you can also select different locations from each group.
Once you’ve selected your preferred browser and Test Agent (Locations), click on Start Test (don’t forget to answer the captcha). When the test results are done, it will display the load time for each agent location. If you click on an Agent Location, it will display the load time and page size from that location.
Aside from the load time, page size, server responses you could also get a more information by clicking on the “View Waterfall” under Test Results. It will open up a new window and display the Performance Report.
You can try it out for yourself and check your website’s speed and performance by visiting the Dotcom-Monitor Website Speed Test page.
The Dotcom-Monitor Website Speed Test is FREE to use and doesn’t require sign-ups. But if you prefer to have a better picture of your website’s speed and peformance as well as automatically test your website 24/7 and receive alerts with detailed reports whenever your website is acting up, you can sign-up for a FREE 30-day trial. No commitments or credit card numbers required.
What online tool or website are you currently using to test your website speed and performance? What do you guys think of the Dotcom-Monitor Website Speed Test? Is it something you’d use for your blog/website? Which feature/s do you like best? Please share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.