A couple of years ago we published a list of Essential Web Design Benchmarking and Testing Tools that we thought were the most useful at measuring various metrics. Since then, we’ve been using some of those less and have been using new services and tools. Here’s our updated list of essential web design performance and SEO benchmark tools.
KeyCDN Tools – tools.keycdn.com/speed
Provides all sorts of performance metrics such as a speed test, performance test (TTFB, connection delay, DNS delay, etc.) as well
WebPageTest – webpagetest.com
Run a free website speed test from multiple locations around the globe using real browsers (IE and Chrome) and at real consumer connection speeds.
PageSpeed Insights – google.com
Google has put an emphasis on page loading speed as part of their ranking metrics. PageSpeed Insights analyzes your site and provides feedback on optimizations to help your site load faster.
SEO Site Checkup – seositecheckup.com
Use this service for a comprehensive SEO scan of your website. Although SEO Site Checkup’s services are not free, you are entitled to one free site scan before being put on a timeout.
Website Speed Test – pingdom.com
Pingdom’s Website Speed Test utility will allow you to test the loading speed of your site various datacenters across the world. We wish there were more testing points (e.g. Canadian!) to better test regional load times, but we can’t complain!