April 19, 2011 Off

4 Useful Website Load Time Testing Tools

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Optimizing website load time improves user experience and in-turn conversion rate. Minimizing the number of HTTP requests, image compression, using CSS sprites etc., are some of the recommended ways to reduce the load time of a site.

Here are a helpful set of tools which allow webmasters to effectively measure the load time of the site.  And, reduce the load time by analyzing the various factors impeding it.

Pingdom

Pingdom offers useful network and website monitoring information including statistics for uptime and response time. Alerts can also be sent via SMS and email.

Pingdom’s Full Page Test loads a complete HTML page including all objects like images, CSS, JavaScripts, RSS, Flash and frames/iframes. The load time of all objects is shown visually with time bars.

The hierarchy of various objects on the web page is displayed and, statistics shown include the total number of objects, total load time, and size including all objects.

DNS Health test

The DNS Health test in Pingdom Tools allows you to automatically find the DNS servers being used by the domain name you specify. Various tests can also be formed to make sure that the domain name is properly set up and that those DNS servers are responding in a consistent manner.

Ping and Traceroute

Pingdom also provides you with Ping and a Traceroute tools to easily track down possible errors.

loads.in

This is an easy-to-use tool to check the load time of a web page in multiple browsers from various geographic locations. Just choose a browser profile and a specific location to view the load time along with a waterfall chart.

Loads.in provides you with,

  • load time of the web page, snapshots of the webpage at different times during load
  • errors or warnings on the web page
  • waterfall chart indicating the timing break down of all elements of the web page
  • check your site from over 50 locations

Website Optimization

This site provides you with a free website speed testing tool to improve your website load time and performance. Just enter a URL to calculate page size, composition, and download time. Based on the characteristics of various components on the web page, suggestions are offered on how to reduce page load time.

Up Trends

This tool enables you to test the load time and speed of a complete HTML page of your website in a detailed manner and figure out which object is the cause for slow load time.

In order to reduce the web page load time, try reducing the number of HTTP requests, make use of CSS sprites, combine external script files and enable caching. By making effective use of the above mentioned tools, you should be able to easily improve the webpage load time of your site.

You might want to read more about cross-browser testing tools and services – useful to make sure a website is functional on all modern browsers.

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