Friday, May 27, 2011

Top Three Free Website and Performance Speed

Google is taking site’s loading speed into consideration in determining its ranking. Even though this will not land a big impact, it is still something we (webmasters) should really look into. The reason is pretty simple – majority of visitors are usually in rush and no one is fond of waiting half a century before the website finally load its content or failed to load.

Website performance in SEO circles recently and Google’s release of the new site speed measurement feature in Google Analytics, there’s no prizes for realizing that site’s performance is more important than ever. And here’s the list in no particular order:

Google’s Page Speed Tool: This tool sets the benchmark in finding many of your website speed problems. All issues are clearly detailed and its scoring system allows you to assess the impact of changes quickly. It’s available as browser plugins and through an version of the tool.

Web Page Analyzer: This handy tool calculates page size, composition, and downloads 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.

Yottaa: One of the newer tools on the market, Yottaa offers a range of data points on your sites performance including page speed, its global reach ability, 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.

If you are interested in finding out the Website Speed & Performance Scores for your Small Business Website using Google’s Page Speed and Yahoo’s YSlow, you will need to do the following:

STEP ONE: If you are not using Mozilla Firefox as your internet browser (you are using another browser i.e., Internet Explorer), you initially need to download the latest version of Mozilla Firefox as a “secondary browser”. Both of these Website Speed and Performance tools are designed as a Firefox ad-on. You can still use Internet Explorer or any other browser as your primary internet browser.

STEP TWO: Using your recently downloaded Firefox Browser for future downloads; proceed to download Mozilla Firefox – Firebug Ad-on. This website development download is a required ad-on which allows you to run Google Page Speed and Yahoo YSlow on Firefox browsers. All of these website performance downloads are Free. Any requests for contributions to support future development are voluntary contributions.

STEP THREE: Download Google - Page Speed Ad-on. You must complete Steps One and Two before you download Google's Page Speed tool.

STEP FOUR: Download Mozilla Firefox - YSlow Ad-on. Yahoo's YSlow Speed & Performance tool is best used as a confirmation to Page Speed. The overall scores are usually a little lower than Page Speed scores; however, both scores taken together provide a good snapshot of Website Performance.

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