How long does it take for your entire WordPress site to load? Is your website up in two seconds? Three seconds? Does it take even longer than that? Chances are that you are missing out on potential conversions with a slow-loading website. How do you know for sure if you have an underperforming website? We want to share a number of different free tools that you can use to find potential issues in your WordPress site.
Option #1 – Pingdom Website Speed Test
You might know the Pingdom Website Speed Test, because it is arguably the most popular speed-testing option on the Internet. It gives you information that you can use right away, it is easy to use, and easy to understand. This test provides you with data that is just like something that a real user would experience. The information is concise, yet detailed. When it comes to testing your website speed, there is a reason that Pingdom has been a long-standing webmaster favorite.
Option #2 – YSlow
By comparing your website to Yahoo’s rules for high-performance websites, you are able to use YSlow to get recommendations for improving your website delivery. This open-source tool is able to provide you with some detailed information. Even though it does not tell you exactly what speed your website has, it does tell you whether your site has been optimized for delivery or not.
Option #3 – Google PageSpeed Insight
Arguably the most popular option out there – Google PageSpeed Insights offers you some information about what Google thinks of your website. It gets information about your website TWICE (both as a mobile user as well as a desktop user) and uses ten performance metrics to measure the performance of your website. According to Google, you want your website to score over 85 on both versions of the test.
Option #4 – GTMetrix
GTMetrix is what happens when you roll a website speed test, YSlow, and Google PageSpeed into one (all in an easy-to-use test dashboard). Once you look at the GTMetrix dashboard, it is going to report the results of YSlow, Google PageSpeed Insights, and provide you with a website speed test. You have access to seven different testing locations if you sign up for a free account.
Option #5 – Load Impact
Load Impact does something that no other website on our list is capable of doing – it uses multiple virtual users to browse your website. Unlike most tools, this takes around 5 minutes and it peaks with 25 simultaneous virtual users to your WordPress website. If you want to make sure that your server hosting is capable of handling traffic as you grow more and more popular, this is a great tool to use.
You Know Your Website Speed – Now What?
Now that you know your website performance, you have the first part of improving the performance of your website. Knowing is one thing – now you want to do something about it. Talk to a professional WordPress developer to learn more about what changes you can make to get an even higher score the next time that you run these tests.