Webpage & Hosting Tests (FREE)
Here’s some industry standard, recognised, website tests. Test your website speed, ask you web developer to provide you with a load time of 3 seconds or less, or get in touch with us!
The test results require professional analysis and explanation; there can be good reasons why a score is not perfect “double A” or “100%” but the results provide an excellent foundation to discuss with your web developer.
3 seconds, (or less)!
The currently, generally, accepted target for a web page to load is 3 seconds or less on a mobile device. Longer load-times cause more considerable visitor frustration, risk of distraction, likelihood to try something else or give up. Long times provide the visitor with a poor impression of the professionalism of the organisation.
“53% of people will leave a mobile page if it takes longer than 3 seconds to load.”
Source: machmetrics reporting on Google research
WEBSITE Speed Tests (FREE)
GTmetrix (TRY FIRST!)
Gives you insight on how well your site loads and provides actionable recommendations on how to optimise it.
The test is done from Canada, so interpret the results with this in mind; or sign-up to get a choice of other test locations.
You can register and run more sophisticated tests e.g. we recommend you test under the simulation for a 3G mobile browser in the country most of your website users are based.Speed test
Google PageSpeed Insight
Make your web pages fast on all devices – desktop as well as mobile.
Google PSI provides an analysis of how well written the page is, and lots of suggestions for improvement.
A good Google PSI score is important for search engine ranking of a website – Google ranks better performing sites higher.
Update: This is now known as Lighthouse. We’ll update this section shortly.Speed test
A very comprehensive test tool for professional use, with an easy and advanced mode. Realistic test scenarios can be created e.g. including real lag in data transfers and for commonly used devices.Speed Test
Yellow Lab Tools
We find this one useful for identifying detailed issues especially.Speed Test
Here’s our food delivery web-app compared with Just Eat’s website.
JEJO food App demo site
running fast, today’s test shows first display is just 2.5 seconds for a user on 3G mobile with medium speed! That’s super fast for our cheap but fast hosting. Those users on Superfast broadband, 4G, and 5G connections would appreciate speedier load times. The site is fully loaded after 5.8 seconds – we slip some items of the site to load last out of sight of the user. The page is only 581kB, so that’s kind to the user’s network usage too. Report: https://gtmetrix.com/reports/food.jejo.biz/AeZtYZdl
website displaying after a below average time of 4.2 seconds, and fully loaded only after 15.3 seconds. The page is a heavy 1.02MB and takes 106 requests to fully build. Report: https://gtmetrix.com/reports/www.just-eat.co.uk/O9ForMgb
Before, during, and after our optimisation. More examples of actual clients we helped: a trendy restaurant, a charity, and a luxury fashion exporter.
Server Tests (FREE)
Check the strength and validity of your secure certificate, if used on your website.SSL test
The Sucuri SiteCheck scanner will check a website for known malware, blacklisting status, website errors, and out-of-date software.Malware test
How fast is your hosting?
Enter your website’s URL and the test will show you how fast (or slow) your web hosting is performing.Hosting Test