Written by Pavan Kumar on September 27, 2009
Website speed is one of the deciding factors for the popularity of website. Speed of website counts for both SEO purposes as well as regular readers. Its necessary for your site to perform well even on any low bandwidth internet connection. As a webmaster, it is obvious that you have a high speed broadband internet connection, but your site should perform great even on those 56k dial up guys.
There are many ways to test the speed of a website,
Absolute way to check website speed (comparing against fast servers)
This is when your server performance wrt speed is determined. Here your website speed performance is determined based on how much time it takes to transfer the specific amount of data. In simple terms, the speed is measured as seconds per KB. Let me tell you this way of measuring website speed is definitely inaccurate. You need to see the exact load time and not per KB transfer time.
If you have x seconds per KB transfer rate and your pages are 0.5MB in average, your load time is 512x seconds, but your competitor on a poor server with 2x transfer rate and pages averaging at 100KB will perform faster at 200x seconds.
You may use iwebtool website speed test tool here to test this way.
Practically testing Website speed performance (Relative speed testing)
After knowing the faults with above testing method, let’s learn how exactly should it be done for measuring website speed. There are two methods I could figure out at the moment.
1. YSlow – Website Speed Testing
Yslow is a Firefox addon which works in integration with Firebug – a popular tool for web developers. If you keep it on while loading a webpage, it calculates the time taken to load the page and the page size and displays the same in your Firefox status bar. This is the most easy way which even works when you are offline developing site on local server.
2. Online website speed test tool
Stopwatch is a tool which helps you measure the website loading time in your bandwidth. The speed measured with this tool is relative to your internet speed available at the moment when you perform test. If you measure internet speed and test two sites’ speed, you will know which is relatively faster. And that relative speed in performance should be same on every internet connection.
Another great advice on tweaking website for faster performance is by reducing and optimizing website images.
Conclusion: The transfer rates of any site/server should be the very good, but at the same time the size of web pages should be less to make your website perform the best.
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