No one wants to see a slow loading website or a blog. As you know a recent study from one of the leading SEO Company shows that, users leave a site if it hasn’t loaded in 4 seconds. That’s true; I hate slow loading sites until I find my blog loads slowly. I recently moved to Site5 due to speed issue with my earlier host.
As you know Google’s page rank is also considers loading speed of your website. I used to have PR2 since last 8 months but after moving to Site5 I got PR3 in recent PR update by Google. Recently Matt Cutts said, “Google think that the web should be fast“. It’s a warning to all webmasters to maintain the speed of their website or blog.
I recently stumbled across a website “GTmetrix.com” – free online Website Speed and Performance Optimization tool. GTmetrix.com helps you to analyze the loading speed of your website along with other useful reports. If your site gets the higher score its better. As mentioned by GTmetrix the score of Google.com is 97.
When I check performance test for my blog I got 87 for page speed and 73 for YSlow grade. This can be varying sometimes depending on how busy your web server is.
There is an option for free registration where you take advantage of more features like get the Graphical performance of your site, save reports to feature review, you can view your historical reports and analyze your website with HTTP authentication.
There are few advanced options like, you can choose server location. Where you can choose your nearest or far server to analyze, use HTTP Authentication, use Adblock Plus – where you can prevent ads loading on your website. This can help you analyze how ads affect the loading of your site and Cookies.
You can download the report in pdf format and keep them for feature reference. A major Option I found very useful is compare to another URL. You can compare any two urls to get comparison report. If you get fewer grades in any metrics you will have a suggestion how to fix it. I must appreciate guys in GTmetrix, they worked really hard.
GTmetrix uses almost every major page speed extensions such as, Yahoo YSlow!, Google Page speed, Firebug, HARViewer, NetExport etc.
Visit GTMetrix and analyze your report now. I’m sure you will learn a lot and discover what aspect makes your site load slower and how to fix it.
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