Once you build a website, there are many things to do to make your site into a stable and smooth running web platform for your visitors. This include couple of performance and other analysis to check the various parameters of your site like loading speed, mobile compatibility, CSS and HTML standards etc.
Before you go for further on tweaking on your site, it is important to measure how much time your site is taking to load. Website speed is very crucial to get new visitors into your site and encourage them to keep on your site.
This will help to improve more page or product views on your regular or e-commerce site. In addition to cut down number of visitors, slow loading site also negatively affect your SEO ranking.
All search engines including Google and Bing may degrade your site from search results if your site is extremely slow to load.
Even though there is no specific standard about load speed it is better to load a website with in 5 seconds and it can go up to 8 seconds maximum. More than 10 seconds of loading time discourage your visitors to wait for your site to load and eventually lead them into another quality site.
The speed of a web page is determining by both Front-end and Server-side components. There are some free online tools that you can rely on to check your site speed. They can check your site speed and recommend the places where you can tweak your code to improve speed and site performance.
GTmetrix gives you insight on how well your site loads and provides actionable recommendations on how to optimize it.GTmetrix’s Report Page neatly summarizes your page performance based off key indicators of page load speed.
This tool will analyze your page with Google PageSpeed and Yahoo! YSlow rulesets, get your page’s Page Load Time, Total Page Size and Total number of Requests. GTmetrix analyze the page load of your site from 13 servers in 7 different regions around the world.
Page Speed Insights measures the performance of a page for mobile devices and desktop devices. It fetches the url twice, once with a mobile user-agent, and once with a desktop-user agent.
The PageSpeed Score ranges from 0 to 100 points. A higher score is better and a score of 85 or above indicates that the page is performing well. Please note that PageSpeed Insights is being continually improved and so the score will change as we add new rules or improve our analysis.
Pingdom Full Page Test can analyze the load speed of your websites and learn how to make them faster. It lets you identify what about a web page is fast, slow, too big, what best practices you’re not following, and so on. All tests are done with real web browsers, so the results match the end-user experience exactly. Pingdom use a bunch of instances of Google’s Chrome web browser to load websites, record performance data, and so on. Tests are done from dedicated Pingdom servers.
Online Tools to Test Your Site’s Mobile Compatibility.
Google start to degrade websites from their search results those are not mobile friendly. You can’t keep same version of site for Desktop and Mobile any more. The resolution, image size and appearance should adjust according to mobile screen sizes for best user experience.
As per Google “the desktop version of a site might be difficult to view and use on a mobile device. The version that’s not mobile-friendly requires the user to pinch or zoom in order to read the content. Users find this a frustrating experience and are likely to abandon the site. Alternatively, the mobile-friendly version is readable and immediately usable.” So you have to make sure visitors can have a good experience on your site when they’re visiting from their mobile devices.
You have to type your site URL and this tool will check and tell you if your site is mobile friendly with a message Awesome! This page is mobile-friendly.
You can go behind the suggestions from Google if your site is not compatible with mobile and tweak further.
If you want to go further and check your site 100% clean and mobile friendly, you can go with W3C Mobile OK Checker. The W3C mobileOK Checker is a free service by W3C that helps check the level of mobile-friendliness of Web documents, and in particular assert whether a Web document is mobileOK.
This will test your site for Mobile compatibility and recommend you the failures in critical, severe, medium and low severity levels. The details reports can verify and take some corrective actions to improve your mobile site performance.
In real world, your site need to present products or articles with pictures, videos, charts, social network links etc. These widgets and pictures will increase total website size into MBs and that may cause speed and performance.
While considering all these additional medias and links in your site, you can’t make your site super fast. Better you find out a trade-off between these media loading and site speed performance and try to bring down your site loading time for best performance and also make mobile compatible for better viewing experience .