When you are maintaining a web site it is important that page loads are fast so that your visitors will keep coming back. Recently on my website Bookmarks4Techs.com I made the decision to revamp the design of the site and the reason for the revamping was that the page loads were just too slow. Using a different design, with different coding, I was able to increase page loads dramatically and the reward has been a noticeable increase in visitors. The primary objective of most people visiting a site, including me, is to get in and get out with minimal lag time. I don’t know what the average stay is on a site; but, I do know it is not very long.
If your page loads seem slow and you are looking for a way to analyze and ultimately optimize the performance of your website then take a look at the online application called Pingdom Tools. One of the tools that is available is called Full Page Test that will give you a full scale analysis of where your site stands.
Performance overview – We automatically put together plenty of performance-related statistics for you based on the test result.
Performance grade and tips – See how your website conforms to performance best practices from Google Page Speed (similar to Yahoo’s Yslow). You can get some great tips on how to speed up your website this way.
Trace your performance history – We save each test for you so you can review it later and also see how things change over time (with pretty charts!).
Test from multiple locations – See how fast a website loads in Europe, the United States, etc.
Share your results – We’ve made it easy for you to perform a test and share it with your friends, work colleagues or web host.
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