8 Free Tools for Testing Website Speed

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Website speed is not something that should be taken lightly, especially since it has such a big impact on SEO. To help you out, today we gathered 8 free tools for testing your website speed. Some of the tools will generate suggestions to make things faster on your site, while others will give you detailed info about load speed and other things. So make sure to check out each of them.

PageSpeed Insights

PageSpeed Online analyzes the content of a web page, then generates suggestions to make that page faster.

8 Free Tools for Testing Website Speed

Load Impact

Load test your website online, we offer load testing and reporting as an online service to e-commerce & B2B sites all over the world.

8 Free Tools for Testing Website Speed

Neustar Web Performance

A quick and easy way to get performance data on any website without having to create a test script.

8 Free Tools for Testing Website Speed

WebPagetest

Run a free website speed test from multiple locations around the globe using real browsers (IE and Chrome) and at real consumer connection speeds. You can run simple tests or perform advanced testing including multi-step transactions, video capture, content blocking and much more.

8 Free Tools for Testing Website Speed

OctaGate SiteTimer

8 Free Tools for Testing Website Speed

pingdom

8 Free Tools for Testing Website Speed

Which Loads Faster

Pages compete head-to-head in your browser to see who’s fastest!

8 Free Tools for Testing Website Speed

Show Slow

Show Slow is an open source tool that helps monitor various website performance metrics over time. It captures the results of YSlow, Page Speed, WebPageTest and dynaTrace AJAX Edition rankings and graphs them, to help you understand how various changes to your site affect its performance.

8 Free Tools for Testing Website Speed

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About the Author

Henry Jones is a web developer, designer, and entrepreneur with over 14 years of experience. He is the founder of WDL and ThemeTrust.

12 Comments

  1. aledesign.it
    May 24, 2012

    R^Thanks for this list. So useful…more tools important for every designer! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Simon Fletcher
    May 24, 2012

    Thanks for sharing this post. Its great to have tools like this especially now the world of web and interface design includes a lot more javascript.

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  3. jzatt
    May 24, 2012

    Thanks for the list. Some that I hadn’t seen before, will check those out! I’ve been using another service not mentioned here as well; gtmetrix.com

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  4. SentConcepts
    May 24, 2012

    I’ve used most of those!!

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  5. Tyler Byrd
    May 24, 2012

    Great list. We personally use Pingdom and New Relic. Prefer New Relic because you get a much better perspective of what is happening, but it takes a while to get set up. That is one benefit of Pingdom which is pretty quick and takes absolutely no setup time.

    I have not seen a couple of these others tho. The first two look like they provide a very nice graphic interface for displaying results. I will need to check them out. Thanks for the list!

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    • Jonathan Schmid
      May 25, 2012

      You forgot GTmetrix – the best tool of them all!

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  6. Gagan Chhatwal
    May 26, 2012

    yes GTmetrix is one of the best tool available on Internet, rest is ok but with GTmetrix you can analysis your website way better than others..

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  7. Christopher Becker
    May 28, 2012

    Awesome set of web apps, I use none of the above listed apps, but still a interesting read *thumbs up*

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  8. sunil
    May 29, 2012

    Thanks for such a great & useful post list. this is very useful in my projects many many thanks again.

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  9. Fahad Ahammed
    June 20, 2012

    Thanks a lot for this list . Very usefull !!!!

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  10. Nimsrules
    September 11, 2012

    These are great resources. It’s time AAdobe integrates one such tool in Dreamweaver after W3C validation.

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  11. Jeremy W
    August 22, 2013

    Great set of tools – I use 3 of them from time to time. Google Speed test recently updated and they now provide speed tests for mobile sites which is handy.

    In my experience, optimizing the image sizes and leveraging cache has been great.

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