3 Free Tools to Check Your Website Speed Video Transcript:
In this video I’m going to show you three cool tools that you can use to check your website speed. Alright, let’s check it out. Okay so the first tool I want to show you is called Pingdom and I’ll provide you a link below this video. So basically if you want to check your website speed this is a great resource that’s free online that you can basically use. So I’m going to go ahead and type in “marketingaccesspass.com” and I’m going to click ‘TEST NOW’.
Okay, so here are the results that I got and basically you can gather a lot of information from this data. One It tests in the ‘What City’, so this was in New York City, in New York in the United States on January 21st at this time and it gives you a performance grade so I got a score of 94 which is great and it had about 35 requests. Now 35 requests means that on the homepage there’s certain things that they’re trying to download. So there’s 35 things that they’re trying to download to upload my website and my load time was 1.0 seconds and my page size was 1.0 megabytes and it also states how much faster your website is compared to other websites on the web.
What’s great is you can also see some of the detail analysis so it will literally tell you which files were downloaded first and how long each file took to upload. It also tells you how much that each file size is so this will help you and determine if there’s certain things on your website that is slowing down your page load speed. Or there’s certain files that are just too large. Maybe you want to try to minimize or move out. So the ‘Performance Grade’ tab that will give you some recommendations on the left hand side of areas that you can use to improve your website speed.
So in my particular case it says that I need to leverage my browser caching because it gave me a grade of 72 and if I wanted to get more detail I could click on this arrow and it would basically give me some of the specific things that are giving me issues. The third tab is ‘Page Analysis’. And this is a really good one it will tell you if there’s any errors with your coding. In this particular case I didn’t have any errors, maybe 1 connection error but I didn’t have any server errors, or redirect errors or client errors. So that’s all really good data to have. So the last tab is ‘History’ and the cool thing about History is they actually track how many times you’ve used this website over the past couple of months and see how your page speed has increased or decreased over time.
So as you can see when I first started, mu page was actually loading really slow, almost four seconds above here, about six seconds and I made some modifications to my site based off the data and I’ve now been able to consistently be around the 2 seconds range. Which has cut my website page speed by over half. So one of the other things that really helped me determine my website speed was I was at the time why it was loading so slow was I realized my page size was at one point 2 megabytes and so I figured if I can reduce some of my file sizes that would help my page speed.
And that’s why I did a tutorial about JPEG Mini because I had determined some of my images sizes were just too large and that’s what was causing my website to load slower. So if you check out the JPEG Mini tutorial I’ll show you a cool trick on how to minimize your file size on your images. Okay so the second really cool tool I want to show you to check your website speed is called GT Metrics and it let’s you type in your website just like the other one and click ‘GO’. So one of the cool things about GT Metrics is it actually gives you a grade score. So my page speed grade is an A and it also gives you another page score from why it’s slow. Same type of data.
It will tell you where they basically tested it from, what region, what your load time speed was, your file size, how many requests it needed to upload, and it also gives you some recommendation as far as things you need to work on to improve your score. My image dimensions definitely needs some work because they gave me a score of an F. That is something I need to look into so I can prove my website speed. So this tool also has tabs. The second one is ‘YSLOW’ and it’s the same thing. It will give you some recommendations on things you need to work on and that way you can improve your website speed.
And just like the other tool, this one also has a waterfall metrics and it will tell you the sequence of things that they’re uploading, how long it takes them to upload it, and basically the file size. So there’s a lot of information that you can really dig down here. There’s also these plus buttons that you can open up and it will even dig deeper even further and give you some more analytical analysis. Alright, so the third tool I want to show you is more really just for fun. It basically is called Which Loads Faster and you can really have like a competition to see which website loads faster.
So in this case I’m going to have a race between my two websites and see which loads faster. So what you do is you ‘TRY MY OWN MATCHUP’ and then you type in on the top two boxes what websites you want to race against each other. Okay so now you have your two websites you want to race you’re going to click ‘GO’ and then you can see it gives you the tests results. So this one was almost 5 times faster on my marketing access pass website versus video workout review and then if you really want push the bragging rights you can share the test to some friends or family or on your social media so that way you can kind of give some bragging rights. Alright guys I hope you guys enjoyed this tutorial on how to check your website speeds, I’ll see you guys in the next video.