Speed Test Tools Magento
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, a powerful free website speed test tool that measures 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 website 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 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, GTmetrix test also suggests some possible solutions to speed up your Magento 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 website speed test tool in the 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 Magento e-commerce websites out of 100.
For more details, you must scroll to the Performance insights, which indicate scores for each element 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 website 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 website speed test tool that we want to suggest for your Magento e-commerce websites 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 website 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 operate 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 that are needing your attention and improvements on your site.
Another great free tool to test your website 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 Magento e-commerce websites.
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 website speed test for your Magento e-commerce websites, 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 website speed test tools, Geek Flare allows you to check your Magento e-commerce websites’ 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, a 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.
This is one of the most familiar free website speed test tools for developers since it’s easy to test and debug in their local environment.
To launch the DevTools, you just need to open your Chrome browser, and press the combination of keys:
- For Window/ Linux: Ctrl + Shift + I
- For Mac: Cmd + Opt + I
After that, a detailed analysis of your Magento e-commerce websites will be shown. Here are more things you might want to know about Chrome DevTools:
- By using Devetools, you will be able to boost your network connections, disable the cache, detect slow Time To First Byte, get page rendering screenshots, etc.
- Moreover, you can figure out exact DOMContentLoaded time, its total load time, or what blocks the resources and how to handle it. (Network -> Show Overview -> Ctrl+R/ Cmd+R -> refresh)
- Lighthouse, Google’s great automated tool for the performance audit, is integrated into Devtools. Owing to that, you will know how to improve your site based on the failing audits.
Although MobiReady is a new testing tool, it has proved to be one of the most effective free website speed test tools for not only developers, designers, but also marketers to assess a website performance on mobile devices.
The special thing about MobiReady is that it will conduct your test according to theW3C standards, Google PageSpeed Insights, andYahoo YSlow.
How it works?
- MobiReady implements 4 tests on 4 different types of devices (desktop, high-tier phone, mid-tier phone and low-tier phone) to check out how your website performs at the same time.
- It takes advantage of Chrome in order to download all assets of your pages and check the sizes.
- Overall, MobiReady gives us a relatively accurate score abiding by the industry guidelines.
Varvy is one of the most powerful all-in-one free website speed test tools for an e-commerce website, checking your speed, mobile functionality and SEO (based on Google webmaster guidelines). After conducting a detailed analysis, Varvy will provide a lot of handy tips and guidelines for optimizing your site performance.
Sucuri Load Time Tester tool offers a simple and fast way to evaluate how your site performs in different countries around the world. After checking your total time for each area (based on Connection time and Time To First Byte), Sucuri will analyze and give you a Global Performance Grade (A to F).
More specifically, this test helps to determine how long it takes to connect to your website and for your web page to fully load.
Powered by WebPageTest.org, Think With Google tool will help you to find out whether your site is mobile-friendly or not as well as give you helpful suggestions for enhancements.
This tool allows you to get free reports sent to your email, or forward the information to your webmaster or developer just by clicks.
Moreover, Think With Google not only analyze your Magento website but also compare it with other sites in the same industry. From there, you will know how far you have to try to overcome your competitors.
Another useful free website speed test tool that is highly recommended is Dareboost. Like Varvy, Dareboost is a comprehensive tool for analyzing your website speed, performance monitoring, and SEO.
This test tool will analyze a variety of data points (up to 80), for example number of requests, accessibility, jQuery, cache policy, browser rendering,…
In comparison to other tools on the list, Dareboost’s security reporting is quite special. It will show whether your site is missing a security policy header and SSL certificate, or whether your site is exposed to clickjacking attack or not, etc.
Looking on the Dareboost report, you can quickly find problems with your Magento website and suggestions for improvements.
Furthermore, it allows you to conduct testings and get up to 5 website reports on a monthly basis.
Developed and supported by Google, WebPageTest is an amazing open source tool, allowing you to implement free speed test from one or a wide range of locations worldwide using browsers – Chrome and Internet Explorer.
By using WebPageTest, you can conducts some unique tests such as content blocking, multi-step transactions, connection speed or video capture, … almost everything across your site.
What is more, you are able to run a test for 3 websites at the same time so that it’s convenient to compare your site with your competitors’ ones.
Owing to Bitcatcha, your Magento website will be tested from 8 locations (USx2, London, Singapore, Sao Paulo, Bangalore, Sydney and Japan).
Once the tests are completed, you will get specific time for each region, a performance grade and suggestions on how to improve your website’s performance.
Moreover, you are allowed to share the testing result at ease owing to the available link provided by Bitcatcha.
PerfTool is another open source tool for testing your Magento website speed, hosted on Github. It provides plenty of useful information about your site and displays the results in an easy-understanding way as well.
To give you a detailed report, PefTool gathers 3 trustful data sources including Dever, PageSpeed Insights, and W3CJS.
There are more than 200 performance indicator in the report for your e-commerce website. Just enter the URL of your site and let PerfTool do the rest.
The last website speed test tool that you shouldn’t ignore is Monitis. This tool is simple but produces quick and reliable results.
Your Magento website will be checked from 3 different locations, namely the USA, Europe and Asia/Pacific.
Last but not least, it allows you to share test results instantly via emails, social media or direct message.