Test Your Webpage's Load Speed
By Stephen Bucaro
Today, more than half of the visitors to your website will be using a mobile device
such as a tablet or smart phone. PC users used to wait 20 seconds for a webpage to
load, but mobile users are much less patient. Most mobile web users will wait only
6-10 seconds before they abandon a webpage, and half of mobile users expect a webpage
to load in 2 seconds or less.
Three-fourths of mobile web users say that they’ve encountered a website that
was too slow to load. Webpage load time is a major contributing factor to page
abandonment, and load time is now an important factor when it comes to search
engine page rank. Fortunately there are several free websites that will not only measure
the load time of your webpage, but also analyze its structure and recommend improvements.
Run a free website speed test from multiple locations around the globe using real
browsers (IE and Chrome) and at real consumer connection speeds. Your results will
provide rich diagnostic information including resource loading waterfall charts, Page
Speed optimization checks and suggestions for improvements.
Google PageSpeed Insights
Google views my webpage as not mobile friendly.
Google's PageSpeed Insights will actually show you how your webpage appears on a
mobile device, and on a desktop (actually a laptop), and sort it's analysis into sections:
Should Fix; Consider Fixing; and Passed Rules. It also advises you as to how to fix
the causes of slow load time.
pingdom reports that my webpage is faster than 68% of all tested websites.
They built this Website Speed Test to help you analyze the load speed of your websites
and learn how to make them faster. It lets you identify what about a web page is fast,
slow, too big, what best practices you're not following, and so on. They tried to make it
useful both to experts and novices alike.
Other Webpage Speed Tests
There are some webpage speed test sites that want to charge you for the service.
Considering the number and quality of fee webpage speed test sites available, I don't think
this is a service that you need to pay for. Other webpage speed test sites want you to
download an app. Whenever you download anything, you risk infecting your computer with
a virus. Considering the number of online webpage speed tests available, you should not
need to take that risk.
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