For all E-commerce websites, page speed plays a crucial role in customer experience and sale conversions. There are a lot of easy ways for boosting your site speed that we mentioned in the previous blogs. However, before knowing how to make your site better and faster, you should test your current performance. In this blog, we will give you a list of top 20 Free web speed test tools that you can use for checking the performance of your online business. Let’s get started!
8 years ago, Google announced that website page speed would be an essential factor for SEO ranking. At the same time, they introduced Google PageSpeed Insights, one of the most powerful free web speed test tools that measure the website performance for both mobile devices and desktop devices, and then suggest specific ways to improve the site also.
Once you submit the URL of the website that needs testing, Google will run 2 analyses at the same time:
- The first one will check the loading time of the above-the-fold content. In other words, it measures the elapsed time from the moment a new page is requested by the users to the moment the browser renders the above-the-fold content.
- The second one will measure the overall loading speed of the submitted site, from the beginning to when the page is fully rendered.
As you can see, the score is in the range of 0-100 points.
The higher the score the better optimized your site is. If you get a score of above 85, congratulations, your website is performing very well.
Compared to the desktop report, the mobile report added a new category called “User Experience”, checking the size of your buttons and links, font sizes, etc.
As you may know, Google PageSpeed Insights has been continually improving so that the score will change over time with new rules and better analysis.
GTmetrix is another prevalent and easy-to-use web speed testing tool.
Once entering your website URL, this analysis tool will immediately scan the site and provide all you want to know about your site performance after a few minutes.
On the result page, GTmetrix shows a summary at the top, listing your overall performance scores (PageSpeed & YSlow scores), fully loaded time, total page size, and the total number of requests.
Especially, since the tool displays a list of your requests in a waterfall view, you can easily identify current problems in your site. Moreover, this waterfall chart is allowed to be downloaded for deeper analysis.
Besides, similar to Google PageSpeed Insights, the GTmetrix test also suggests some possible solutions to speed up your e-commerce websites.
There are more things about GTmextrix that you might be interested in:
You are able to create a free account and save up to 20-speed tests, which helps to compare testings for different browsers (Chrome/ Firefox), locations, connection types (Cable/ Dial-up), and so on.
Many people consider Pingdom as the leading free web speed test tool in recent years.
To conduct the test, you must enter a URL and opt to one of the four available locations including USA (Texas & California), Australia and Sweden.
After examining your site, Pingdom will display a summary consisting of the overall performance grade, the total load time, the page size, the number of requests, and comparison of your site speed vs other sites.
Like PageSpeed Insights, Pingdom grades the performance of your e-commerce websites out of 100.
For more details, you must scroll to the Performance insights, which indicate scores for each elements as well as recommend specific solutions to enhance your site performance.
Besides, it’s worth noting that you are allowed to trace your website performance over time since all speed tests will be stored in Pingdom library.
Pagelocity is also one of the most popular free web speed test tools nowadays.
Unlike the first three mentioned tools, Pagelocity not only offers insights about your page speed but also about your On-page SEO (source size, text size, text to HTML ratio, URL length) and code.
The maximum score for each testing aspect is 100.
Another interesting thing is that the resources view gives you the information about which assets are making up your total page weight for proper adjustment.
The next useful free web speed test tool that we want to suggest for your online store is Dotcom-Tools. It is capable of testing website performance from 24 different locations around the world simultaneously. Therefore, it would take quite a long time to get the final results. After that, it will display the average loading time, the page sizes and the number of errors from those tested locations.
Moreover, you are allowed to choose a specific browser to conduct the test, e.g.: Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and select a mobile browser, e.g.: Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Blackberry, etc.
After a quick inspection, you can know how your website performance is through the waterfall breakdown.
Unlike other web speed test tools on this list, YSlow is an open source tool, helping you to evaluate your site speed based on 23 Yahoo!’s rules for high-performance websites.
In addition, this tool will require a quick installation as an add-on for your browser.
YSlow will operates in 3 steps before returning the results:
- Step 1: Crawling the DOM to find all components in your site (e.g.: image, sc
- Step 2: Collecting information about these components’ size (e.g.: gzip, expire headers)YSlow takes
- Step 3: Giving scores for each rule as well as the overall one.
After testing your website performance with YSlow, you will receive the specific grades for each area (scored from A to F). From that, it’s easy to know which areas are needing your attention and improvements on your site.
Another great free tool to test your web speed is Load Impact. The special thing is that this tool will generate load from 10 checkpoints at the same time, and you can even add more areas upon request.
After processing, Load Impact will illustrate an informative graph, presenting fluctuations of your load time when there are more users visiting your website.
In order to make sure that your tested website can meet the needs of global clients, this tool sends virtual users to your site from multiple locations.
What is more, Load Impact shows amazing statistics from the amount of bandwidth usage, the number of requests made, and the number of requests per second.
Furthermore, Load Impact provides you with 5 free website performance tests and reports on a monthly basis.
Uptrends is another handy free web speed test for your e-commerce website, enabling you to test through 35 locations across the globe – with the aim of ensuring your site’s fast load speed from any part of the world.
In terms of the analysis, Uptrends presents colorful results in the waterfall or by domains. Owing to that, you can diagnose the troublesome issues of your site and handle them quickly.
Like some previous web speed test tools, Geek Flare allows you to check your e-commerce website’s performance from a wide range of locations at once regardless of different devices.
After hitting the test button, you will get the results of Time to First Byte (TTFB), fully loaded time, page size, number of requests, request counts by type, response code & domain, etc.
Compared to other tools on the list, Yellow Lab Tools seems to be strange for some people but it’s actually a good one for website performance evaluation.
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