Page Speed Tool

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See how to use Page Speed Tool

How quickly are your page loading (what is my page speed)? How long does the average user have to wait? What affects your page load time? This tool will answer these and more of your questions.

How to Use the Page Speed Tool

This tool is called the Load Time Speed Test Tool and will give webmasters and site owners an analysis of how long it takes for a page to load when they test site speed. This tool allows you to find out how long pages will take to load with different connection speeds. It is a useful tool if you are looking to see what page components take the longest and shortest amounts of time to load. You will also be able to see a breakdown of each component on a page by using the speed test tool. To use the tool, all you need to do is enter the URL you would like to test and click “Start Test.”

You have the option to test the speed of one page or you can run a test with two different pages, by clicking on “Compare Two Pages.” This will allow you to compare the load time of each page.

Page Load Times

Google incorporates page load time into their ranking factors, making it important for site’s to maintain fast load times. A site that is optimized to have fast load times will outrank a site with similar information because of its much quicker load time. Scanning your pages with a speed tool will allow you to identify problem pages and fix them so they load faster. Anytime new pages are added to a site, they should first be checked with a speed test tool to ensure they aren’t slowing down your site.

How to Decrease Page Load Time

There are several methods for decreasing the load time of a page. After running the tool, any pages that need to be fixed should be gathered and checked for any opportunity to reduce the size of objects that are downloaded (including JavaScript, Images, and CSS files), avoid internal link redirects, enable HTTP compression, and more.

Avoid Internal Link Redirects

Sometimes page redirects cannot be avoided but there is no excuse for internal site links hit redirects. Once these pages are identified with the speed test, each one of them should be directed to the actual targeted page. If you must set up 301 redirects on your site in order to capture external links, you should ensure that all the internal links on the site use the new URL as this will improve load time. It is also important to ensure that all internal links to the homepage use the canonical URL.

(Tested by Jim Boykin)