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Boost Site Performance with Free Speed Tools

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One of the many issues that confront the average Webmaster is how to boost site speed and performance. This is a very important issue because Internet speed varies across the globe and Web users are not always very patient when surfing the Web. Not everyone can afford to wait for 5 minutes in order to view a simple Web page. A slow Website is therefore a turn off and could potentially lead to loosing some of the few visitors you already have.

Although there are many expensive software programs out there that can assist a site owner with analysing and managing Web pages, there are also some very good and free tools that can be used to evaluate the speed of your Website. This post will take a look at some of these free speed tools to help you make up your mind depending on your preferences.

Page Speed

Page speed is an open source Firefox/Firebug add-on that evaluates the performance of Web pages and gives suggestions on how improvements can be made. It is affiliated to Google and performs several tests on a site’s server configuration and front-end code to increase the general speed of your Website and save some extra bandwidth and hosting costs.

Webmaster Tools

Google Webmaster Tools shows the speed of your Website as experienced by users, in comparison with other Websites across the globe. I recommend using this tool if you have not yet done so because it provides accurate results that could well be the motivation you need to actually try and improve your site speed. To access the tool, log on to your Google Webmaster site, click on the Labs tab and proceed to Site performance.

YSlow

The Yahoo! YSlow is a Firefox add-on integrated with the Firebug Web development tool. It analyses Web pages and suggests ways to improve their performance based on a set of rules for high performance Web pages. It also summarises the pages components, display their statistics and provide tools for performance analysis such as Sumsh.it and JSLint.

Zoompf

Zoompf is one of the least known site performance tools on the Internet. It provides a free scan and tells you how to make your website faster by crawling your Website in search of over 300 specific problems associated with slow performing sites.

WebPageTest

WebPageTest conducts test on submitted Web sites from the Internet and provides a waterfall of your page load performance as well as a comparison against an optimisation check-list. There is also a desktop version of the PageTest tool which could be beneficial for those who want to test a Web page inside a firewall.

Talking Point

Do you know of any other free speed tools?

Simply put: Zoompf tells you how to make your website faster! Our unique technology crawls your website and detects over 300 specific problems with your site that, when fixed, will drop seconds of page load times while reducing operational costs.
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26 Comments

  1. Great article! I stopped by from blogcatalog and am very impressed with the depth of your articles. Thanks!
    .-= Goose´s last blog ..ISS and the Crescents =-.

  2. I am using WordPress super cache is their anthing better thats beenspeed tested for blogs.

    Man I didn’t know half the tools that were available I know what you do all day, research!

  3. there are lots of other site talking about this matter, but your article makes the most sense. keep up the good work!

  4. This is exactly what I need. I have a couple of sites that are streaming video via Amazon S3 and the load time is appaling. Typically, I am getting nowhere when talking to my hosting company. I will try Yslow and Pagespeed and see where it gets me. Thanks

  5. So far webmaster tool is one of the best tools I’ve come across. Its important to know about the performance of your site and make the necessary improvements in order to keep your visitors satisfied. The tools mentioned here sounds great but I’ve not tried most of the tools.

  6. Thanks for sharing! I’m glad to have been able to view this article. It’s a fantastic blog, and the community encourages response.

  7. I believe it is just a very very small part of the equation in Googles algorithm, but nonetheless it is important, if not for Google, then do it for the most important factor of your website: Your visitors.
    Nothing as annoying as a slow website, maybe a not working website… 🙂

  8. All of these tools are useful and important. I used google webmaster because all my sites were hosted in blogspot cause its free. Thanks for sharing this information.

  9. Out of the options listed above, webmaster tools is what I have mastered. This tool is very useful. But it is also necessary to comply the TOS of this or else you will get banned.

  10. I like the tools for webpage speed. that is something I have really gotten focused on lately. I really think that has a lot to do with a positive user experience. And of course Google takes that into consideration for ranking.

  11. That’s really a very useful to increase the speed of website,I have need a lot of info about it,I am waiting your next post,thnx…………………………………………….

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