Test and compare website loading time online

By Sidharth | Web resources

There are many tools to test your website compatibility on different browsers and there are even many more tools to check your site’s speed. If you happen to own a blog, you will know the loading time of your blog goes significantly higher for a couple of reasons: dozens of plugins, scripts with flashy ads and banners here and there.

Google recommends websites to have a faster loading speed as it helps users to read what you have written even on a slow dial-up connection. As I was searching for a good tool for comparing speed with other sites and blogs, I came across Webslug — a free website to compare website speed online.

To find out the speed of your site, simply visit Webslug and enter your site’s domain name along with any other site. In my case, I added blogote.com and Problogger.net to check the loading speed. Can you guess who won? Yes, my blog loads faster for several reasons: I have nginx enabled, and I don’t use more than 15 plugins on this WordPress site. Plus, I have made sure to send JavaScript to the bottom.

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Comparing website loading speed helps in identifying potential problems with your website’s performance. As the page speed is decreased, there’s a good chance of your users visiting another page, ultimately increasing pageviews and reaching potential customers.

About the Author

Hi, I am Sidharth. Full-time blogger. Editor of Blogote. And a self-proclaimed geek!

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(10) comments

zuborg October 8, 2008

I would also recommend to use this online free tool – http://Site-Perf.com
It’s very detailed and accurate, supports a lot of features like Keep-Alive and HTTP-compression, and shows nice loading chart so you can easily spot bottlenecks.

Also useful feature is that this tool can measure quality of internet link of your server.

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Pavan Kumar July 25, 2008

I knew it… This is an example for a .info domain which is moving to the top in web rankings… Hope you remember my top commented post where readers quarreled about rankings of .info domain.

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G July 23, 2008

Slashdox.com – 2.2 seconds 🙂

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Rob July 21, 2008

Apparently the comment submission didn’t like my greater than or less than characters in that last comment.

If it is less than 2.5 seconds Excellent
If it is between 2.5 and 7.5 Fair
If it is greater than 7.5 Poor.

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Rob July 21, 2008

When I do my usability analysis on other sites I use http://tools.pingdom.com/ to test site speed. I rate their site load time using this simple scale.

Excellent 7.5 seconds

If your site takes longer than 10 seconds using Pindgom, it’s time to look your site over, and look for bandwidth hogs.

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MOin July 21, 2008

very good service my blog took 16secs to load 😀 it means my blog is also doing good

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Rajaie AlKorani July 21, 2008

My blog loads pretty fast compared to other “famous” blogs 🙂

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stratosg July 21, 2008

very nice find. load time depends on lots of stuff among them the server load, theme, number of queries to the database etc etc

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Pratyush July 21, 2008

Thanks for an excellent share. A service called Pingdom ( http://tools.pingdom.com/ ) offers similar services. It provides the in-depth analysis telling you what is slowing down a web-site.

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Nirmal July 21, 2008

This load time depends on the theme, basic themes without any images will load much faster that themes with background images.

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