How to Check Your Website's Speed
Part 1: How To Configure The Tools
Part 2: Using the Speed Testing Tools
What We'll Cover:
In this training we will teach you how to check your site speed in 30 seconds. Slow sites cost $.
Find out if you’re affected by a slow website NOW..
What You’ll Learn
- The BEST TOOLS We Use To Check Speed
- The OPTIMAL Settings To Use On The Tools
- How To QUICKLY Interpret The Results (Are They Good or Bad?)
Quick Speed Stats
- 57% of visitors will abandon a page that takes over 3s.
- A 1s improvement yields 16% INCREASE in customer satisfaction
Your Next Action Steps:
- Discover how long it takes your website to load.
- If it’s slow do our training & fix it as soon as possible.
Your Next Training Video
Welcome to the Speed Testing Toolbox
I’m so excited to show you how to check your website’s speed.
Before we start this training, I want to say that there are many ways to do this.
Some of them are complicated but for this training I’m going to focus on a few of the easier ways.
They are far from technically correct, but give you a good indication of a site’s speed.
Let’s get started…
I want you to know that it’s not important how fast you think your website is…
It’s how fast the majority of your visitors experience it.
With that in mind you need to understand 3 things about your visitors before you can do any speed testing.
- Location – where are your visitors coming from?
- Devices – are the majority using a phone, tablet or desktop device?
- Peak vs Off-Peak – when are the most people normally on your website?
To discover this information, you will need to review your Google Analytics data.
Once you’ve done this, you can then configure the tools correctly to see how the average visitor experiences your website.
Before I tell you what they are, I want you to know, that I DO NOT look at their speed ratings.
If it’s an A or a D it does not matter.
What I care about, is the actual website’s speed.
I have improved the speed of many websites & have often seen the rating get WORSE for a faster website.
My advice, is to ignore the rating & focus on the actual speed.
Let’s jump right in.
There are 3 goto tools that I use to test a website’s speed.
- PageSpeedInsights By Google
Although each tool measures your website’s speed, it has a different purpose & will show you different things.
Pingdom is my go to tool for quickly measuring website speed in the core locations (US, UK, & Australia)
It shows a nice summary of the load time & performance.
As well as some important other information such as:
- page size
- number of requests.
- & what’s causing any delays.
After I’ve got my Pingdom speed down, I then delve into the other tools.
I use GTMetrix for different locations, as well as testing on different browsers.
Finally, I use PageSpeedInsights by Google to see mobile speeds & a few other things.
Let’s take a look at each one in turn.