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Monday, May 23, 2011

Top 3 Free Website Speed & Performance Tools

Posted by @ 3:46 am

I’ve been busy trying to squeeze out those vital seconds of improved performance on some personal websites recently which inspired this list.

There’s plenty of tools out there that do similar things, but these are the ones I’ve found to be most thorough and useful for identifying issues.

Given the endless discussion around site performance in SEO circles recently and Google’s release of the new site speed measurement feature in Google Analytics, there’s no prizes for realising that site’s performance is more important than ever.

And here’s the list in no particular order:

This tool sets the benchmark in finding many of your website speed problems. All issues are clearly detailed and it’s scoring system allows you to assess the impact of changes quickly. It’s available as browser plugins and through an version of the tool.
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This handy tool calculates page size, composition, and download time. The script calculates the size of individual elements and sums up each type of web page component. Based on these page characteristics the script then offers advice on how to improve page load time. It lacks of the sizzle of newer tools, but provides a simple no nonsense insight into your websites performance.
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One of the newer tools on the market, Yottaa offers a range of data points on your sites performance including page speed, its global reachability, how well optimized it is and how easily a browser can render its contents. The best part is they offer an ongoing monitoring service so you can analyse your performance over time.
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As I mentioned earlier, there’s heaps of others out there which are equally impressive (e.g. Yslow just missed out on the list), but you find many of the tools offer similar data, so there’s no real need to overdo it.

If you use a particular website speed and performance tool, share it below through the comments as we’re always up for exploring new ones.

Rene LeMerle Rene is the marketing manager of - a global search engine marketing company. He also leads the marketing for - a web 2.0 style community for online and digital marketers. Rene has been in the industry since 1997 with much of that time spent helping businesses embrace the best of the internet and digital world.

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Thanks for the advice! SEO and mastering the complexity of Google Analytics is so important for businesses these days. It is imperative that people are getting to your site, and that it is the right site at that!
chatmeter has a service that helps to make sure that all site information on a business is correct across the web. We also make sure that your site is running efficiently and give advice if it is not! Check it out.

By Liz McFarland - May 23, 2011

Thanks for putting this post together – I love the topic of web performance. I’ve been building software for years and I notice performance often gets neglected, so I built something that helps find and address most every major SEO and performance issue for every page in an entire websites. – I now use it for testing all of my client websites. I’d love to hear your feedback on it. I tried really hard to give it the a solid feature set, and my team just rolled out our Fusion Proxy that speeds website up many times over. In case your wondering, PageLabs does have a free account option. Thanks!

By tyler - January 18, 2012

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