Check the load time of your site

By Daniel Scocco

Everyone knows how annoying it can be having to deal with websites that take forever to load. There are recent researches, in fact, confirming that 75% of the Internet users do not return to sites that take longer than four seconds to load.

In order to check the load time of your site you can use an online tool called “Website Speed Test“. It allows you to enter up to 10 websites, and the results display the size of the website, the total loading time and the average speed per KB.

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By the way I would suggest keeping your load time below 2 seconds. In the near future I will post an article with tips to make your pages load faster.

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45 Responses to “Check the load time of your site”

  • Sridhar

    Mine supposedly loads in 0.85 secs.

    \o/

  • Daniel

    that is good, it has a lot to do with the web host also.

  • Ramen Junkie

    Ironicly, that page seems to take quite a while to load.

  • engtech

    Me thinks I need to compress the content on my blog.

    01 engtech.wordpress.com 141.7 KB 0.79 seconds 0.01 seconds

  • Daniel

    engtech, that is a pretty good speed, you have a large page but at least it is loading fast!

  • menghua

    engtech.. that’s really fast!

    Seriously, I doubt the usage of this tool. The speed varies every time I click CHECK. How do they determine the speed anyway? Which location do they tested from? hmm…

  • Mike Empuria

    01 http://www.empuriabravaonline.com 7.23 KB 0.33seconds 0.05 seconds
    02 http://www.thelifeofmatthew.com 27.15 KB 0.67 seconds 0.02 seconds
    03 http://www.wifestillwoman.com 6.28 KB 0.37 seconds 0.06 seconds

    Much quicker than I expected but I make sure my homepages are quick to load. Sometimes I think that Google Analytics and Adsense slows a page’s loading time and I don’t think that these figures represent that.

  • Irish Church Lady

    Very interesting tool. My main blog takes 6.72 secs to load. I’ll be interested in your post on how to shorten load times.

    Just came across this blog recently BTW. Good stuff here!

  • Daniel

    menghua, I think that the speed varies even for the same website due to network factors. The average speed should be consistent over the time, though.

  • Mike Empuria

    Follow Up:

    I was looking at this for my empuriabrava site and the Web Speed Test views the page as being 7.23kb in size. However, the elements that make the page are as follows:
    header = 0.94
    index = 5.96
    footer = 1.16
    image = 25.8
    css file = 6.8

    Total Page Size = 40.66kb – a big difference from the 7.23 being tested.

  • Daniel

    Mike, you are right about the inconsistency regarding the file sizes. I guess the service only consider part of the website structure, say the HTML code.

    Check out this other service, it is not reliable for the speed but it seems to break down the files that composed your website:

    http://www.websiteoptimization.com/services/analyze/

  • Roberto Alamos Moreno

    Hi Daniel,

    Excellent tool, I didn’t know it. From now on I will use constantly to check my site’s speed.

    Good advice as usual πŸ™‚

  • engtech

    My CSS file is 30k alone. I was shocked by the size, I didn’t pay attention to how fast the speed was. πŸ™‚

    One of the tricks I just did to try and reduce bandwidth usage is moving to excerpts except for the main page. This is a big hack because I can’t actually edit the template to use excerpts (because I’m hosted on wordpress.com).

    http://engtech.wordpress.com

  • Johnie

    I liked this site, it’s neat. Good job! Visit my sites, please:

  • Jack H

    I think my clean design is doing the trick, I have load time, 0,53 sec.

    Must be the fastest blog to load in Sweden.

  • kriz cpec

    Thanks.

  • kriz cpec

    Thanks for the tips.

  • arwind

    It is a great tool i have checked it with my site http://www.adeptinfotech.com

  • arwind

    My site load time is <1 s
    its http://www.adeptinfotech.com

  • Megha

    Wow.. what a tool. I will recommend it to my friends too.!

  • Megha

    I had a doubt about my website’s loading time: http://www.send-giftstoindia.com but not any more…..

    πŸ™‚ Thanks

  • snake

    1 http://www.gmc–booters.com/php/index.php 29.51 KB 0.53 seconds 0.02 seconds

    i believe i finnally built me a php skin that loads quick enough

  • racing classifieds

    haha, I have a racing website now!

  • Peter Szabo

    I liked this site, itÒ€ℒs neat. Good job!

  • Alexa

    Thanks. Nice tool. My site fly on the web:)

  • Ken

    Great tool!
    Get below 1.0 sec for my sites.

  • Leo (Healthy Tips For A Healthy Lifestyle)

    This is great!
    However, my blog 6 secs…Not so great!

  • aLiN

    #
    Domain name Size Load Time Average Speed per KB
    1 uhavetoknow.blogspot.com 97.37 KB 0.14 seconds 0 seconds

  • Vserve Technologies

    What should be average load time of any good site?
    It may be in seconds ?

  • Top10

    Mine shows 0.09 & 0.1 sec for 58kb and 49kb sites. Can this tool be trusted?

  • Egypt Web Solutions

    Mine shows 56K 29.79 seconds

  • William

    Hi,

    I thought I noticed something strange with the results so I decided to go back and check again. I am checking because I think weshop-youbuy.com is slow owing to the scripts running in the backgroud and size of site yet still growing.

    1 williamsusan.com 69.71 KB 15.96 seconds 0.23 seconds
    2 weshop-youbuy.com 73.69 KB 2.72 seconds 0.04 seconds

    I clicked “Check” again and this is what I got the second time.

    1 williamsusan.com 69.71 KB 2.13 seconds 0.03 seconds
    2 weshop-youbuy.com 73.69 KB 3.31 seconds 0.04 seconds

    The third time produced this

    1 williamsusan.com 69.71 KB 3.14 seconds 0.05 seconds

    2 weshop-youbuy.com 73.69 KB 2.77 seconds 0.04 seconds

    From what I can see, the load speeds are also affeded by the hosting server stress at that time being shared hosting.

    I’ve done some optimization but still look to speed up weshop-webuy.com some more πŸ™‚

    Thanks

    William

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  • GlossList

    Mine came in at 0.04 secs. Cool!

  • Daily Good Tips

    dailygoodtips.blogspot.com : size 38.92 KB, load time 0.23 seconds, average time per kb 0.01 seconds

  • vicky

    Thats good tool.

  • Anime

    Thanks for the tool! I check my site, Animepalm, and it took 1-2 seconds to load on a variety of tools. So I’m guessing it’s pretty good. =D

  • mike

    Just awesome… Best thing I did was take away some extra widgets I had.. one was a box.net widget, I just got rid of it, and now the site loads in like 1-2 seconds (as opposed to 15-20)… Wicked.

    (For Box.net, I can just make a post an link to the file when I want to distribute eBooks)..

    Cheers, Mike

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