The average page size in recent years has grown exponentially, not only because we are dealing with much more advanced web technologies, but also because we are still learning how to utilize deep compression in all aspects of a website page. For this reason alone, the market for caching systems has literally exploded, and there is no shortage of alternatives to choose from; Varnish, Redis, even good old APC works, too!
Visitors hate having to wait endlessly for a page to fully load. It’s one of the leading reasons why people abandon websites as soon as they visit them; a slow website gives a bad impression, and why bother when there are other alternatives available? Websites that provide eCommerce services need to be especially cautious about site speed. Google has also mentioned it numerous times, that site speed is a ranking factor towards your search engine rankings.
Analyzing each separate component of your website can take a long time. That is why we have seen a huge growth in the market of web performance optimization analyzers; tools that help us analyze our website for optimal performance, give us detailed reports of our site speed performance, and insightful tips on how we can improve that performance to better reflect industry standard. What tools are you using to improve your site speed performance?
LoadRunner loads testing software that gives you an accurate picture of end-to-end system performance. This is so you can identify and resolve issues before applications go-live. Far too often, we get ambitious about a release, without spending any amount of time investigating our default performance benchmarks and what we can do to improve them. This usually leads to poor application performance and unnecessary extra work.
PerfAudit is an amazing web optimization resource for anyone who is serious about learning the ins and outs of web optimization, and how you can better prepare your server, and content management system to be in sync with the latest industry standards for web optimization. Their networking guide is an amazing place to start to learn about the different ways each server and web component yields to the overall browsing experience.
On top of analyzing on-page SEO performance, Pagelocity also takes a look at social metrics and how those are affecting your social visibility, as well as general page speed performance and individual tips on how parts of your site can be optimized for better speeds. Great to do on your own site, as well as your friends’.
YSlow uses the Yahoo!’s web page optimization platform and works with other platforms like Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Node.js, PhantomJS, Safari, Command Line and many others. This allows webmasters to analyze their own, their clients’, and their competitors’ sites at no expense. YSlow also provides a checklist of the 23 best practices for optimizing websites for the best speed performance. Only a few weeks after using this plugin, you can already get an idea on how to manage and optimize your pages for the best possible loading speeds.
Google’s Tracing Framework is everything you’ll ever need to analyze and optimize your web apps to their fullest potential. The Web Tracing Framework is a set of libraries, tools, and visualizers for the tracing and investigation of complex web applications. You spend a small amount of time instrumenting your code; thus, it helps you discover performance problems, track regressions, and build smooth 60 fps web apps. And although it’s currently available for use, it still has a long way to go before becoming an industry-standard tool. But because it’s coming from Google, we trust that the process of development will be seamless.
Are you a Linux user? Are you working with a lot of code on daily basis? Do you need an open-source platform for load-testing your code and apps? Yandex Tank was built with that idea in mind.
For more tips on how to speed up WordPress, you can read this guide.