In theory, the internet provides a level playing field to businesses of all sizes and domains. However, getting the top search engine rankings isn’t easy for any business. It requires continuous improvements in website performance, user experience, and investment of time and effort in various search engine optimization (SEO) efforts. A slow running website or pages with broken elements can jeopardize these efforts. Businesses need website speed testing tools to understand how quickly their webpages are loading, detect bottlenecks or page speed improvement areas, and resolve issues based on website load time statistics. In this article, we list some top tools to get website load time statistics with a brief description of the features and advantages of each tool.
GTMetrix offers comprehensive page speed monitoring covering important metrics, aggregated scores, and speed testing from multiple regions across the globe. You can also gauge real-world performance data across mobile and desktops. It provides a toolkit to perform tests on simulated devices to find opportunities for improvement of page speed and user experience. GTMetrix graphical reports, with options for customizing the view using a date range, zooming and panning, and annotations, allow you to inspect and understand page performance better. Additionally, you can set threshold-based alerts based on aggregated scores or any critical metric. The tool is highly useful for both marketing and development teams and can prove to be a good fit for most organizations; plans start at $14.95 per month. There’s also a free plan, which can help in the evaluation.
Dotcom-Monitor is another capable website performance monitoring solution designed to help you track page load times from its global probe servers. Its reports help you quickly identify the fastest and slowest elements on your webpages, and you can get a breakdown of the performance of each element on the page. The waterfall charts give a clear view of elements’ performance as the page loads. You can also use the network throttling feature to test your website performance under different network conditions. The tool offers advanced capabilities with both real user and synthetic monitoring features, and its plans start at $19.95 per month.
Site24x7 is a well-rounded website monitoring solution, offering advanced RUM and synthetic monitoring features, granular reports, alerts, and third-party integrations. You can get website load time statistics from 110 locations across the globe and analyze performance using real browsers. While you can get its starter plan for as low as $9 per month, it includes only email and forum support, which can lead to delays when facing technical issues. The vendor-recommended Pro plan is priced at $35 per month.
Google PageSpeed Insights
PageSpeed Insights by Google is a popular tool among developers. It tracks websites in real time and provides suggestions for performance improvements across devices. In its performance reports, you can get an aggregate score to help you understand the overall performance of the page. According to PageSpeed recommendations, organizations should aim to score above 90 in this metric. It also provides a summary of page performance data over the last 28 days for different metrics under Chrome User Experience (CrUX), categorizing the performance as good, poor, or needs improvement. With these data points and suggestions, developers can easily make informed decisions about improvements in the page performance.
We have listed some popular commercial and free/open-source tools for gathering and analyzing website load time statistics. You might have to consider your budget, monitoring requirements, and usability factors for shortlisting a solution for your organization. However, in our evaluation, we found SolarWinds Pingdom was the most affordable, simple, and capable solution for organizations of all sizes. We recommend a free trial of the solution to get the most out of your websites.
As of September 2020