We live in the era of advancement where everything is moving at a rapid speed. If you look around, you may see people connecting with their distant friends with a single tap. In fact, shopping goods and services is now possible on-the-go through e-shopping, again, with a single tap. This speedy development has affected the patience of individuals so much that now they immediately become impatient when they have to wait for a work that needs to be done fast.

The point is online users also lose their virtue of patience when they land on a website that doesn’t load up fast. Professional webmasters understand the importance of sites’ load speed as it not only affects the performance of the website but also its success.

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Oftentimes, we see some webmasters basking after optimizing their site in line with a search engine’s guidelines while completely forgetting about their site’s speed. What they don’t know is that site speed is also a crucial part of web optimization. It is imperative to understand that your site’s ability to load fast is very significant to its usability.

Well, if you want to optimize the usability of your site and identify the blockages that are hindering your web’s performance, then you may want to consider some crucial tools that can help test a site’s loading speed and give you suggestions to enhance its performance.

1.    Google’s Page Speed

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As the name suggests, Page speed is developed by none other than Google. It is a great page speed testing tool that is available both as a web-based application and as an extension of Google’s chrome. This great tool analyzes your website thoroughly and gives suggestions on how you can improve its load time. The tool ranks the suggestions as low, high and medium priority.

The best thing about this tool is that it gives a fairly elaborated report that offers an in-depth analysis of your website. Thus, it gives you enough options or suggestions that could be considered for boosting your site’s performance. Google page speed gives both desktop and mobile site speed analysis, which makes it a must-have tool.

2.    Web Wait

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If you are in hurry and only want to check a quick report about web’s load speed, then Web Wait is the tool you should bookmark. It is a pretty simple online application that only lets you know how much time your site takes while rendering.

The good part of this tool is that you can see the average load time by letting the application render it a couple of times. You can also save the result in a fairly simple report so that you can check it later.

3.    Pingdom Tools

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Pingdom is another free speed-testing tool that gives a complete analysis including site load time, server response errors, etc. Upon running your site on Pingdom, you are presented with a comprehensive profile of your whole site. This will allow you to identify the exact files, images, plug-ins or scripts that are hindering down your site’s performance.

The performance grade tab of this tool gives you recommendations on how you can improve the certain bottlenecks of your site. If you are looking for a speedy and complete summary of your site’s performance then Pingdom tools is the best choice for you.

4.    Load Impact

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Load impact gives you a neat and thorough outline of your whole site. The tool breaks down the entire data into simple yet precise sections such as URLs, pages, resource types, logs, etc. The graph data displays the load time and requests per second of different URLs. This data shows you the durability of the web server. As a result, you can assess whether the web server is able to handle the web page requests fast or not.

The resources type tab shows you a pie-chart of your content type distribution along with the load time. From there you can easily understand which files, images or scripts can be fixed to decrease the load time.

5.    Which Loads Faster

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It is an awesome tool for comparing your site’s speed with the competitor’s site.  Through the comparison of two sites you can easily assess the key factors of the winner site and use those factors to tweak the performance of your own website. It is an open source application that was originally created to increase the awareness of web performance. The purpose of this tool is to show the web load speed only. However, if you want to dig deeper you can click more and choose the side you want to analyze in more detail. Upon selecting the site, you’ll be redirected to GTMetrix.

6.    Show Slow

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It is another web-based open source tool that can monitor you web performance in a detailed manner. This tool analyzes the web publicly through different metrics. However, you need to sign in before using the tool. This unique application extracts the results from popular testing tools like DynaTrace, Yslow, Page Speed, etc. The in-depth report generated by the tool allows you to how some crucial tweaks to your site can help you fix your site’s rendering time and enhance the performance.

If you use any other tool for optimizing your web’s load speed by identifying the crucial bottlenecks, then do let us know through the comments below.