Recently I was working on some web design related projects for some friends and clients. There were two websites that were starkly different. to make a long story short, one site, created by me was loading fast and the other was super slow….. yikes!
How did I know? I used a simple website speed test tool. One that you should use too. It’s simple to use, but if you need advice, or you would like some help please let me know.
By the way if you are curious, my site loaded in about 1 second and my friend’s site loaded in 10 seconds. That’s super slow. Google will penalize your site in search results if it is slow.
Let’s get started with these tests. Here’s a brief outline of the services I recommend.
Summary and Introduction
This blog is hosted on a reliable hosting service called Namecheap. We recommend their hosting wholeheartedly. I have used a range of hosts and discovered many were very unreliable. My website would not be online consistently (this is called “uptime” and “downtime”), and it didn’t always perform well.
Some of this can be managed by choosing a good host, and some can be remedied by implementing best practices such as keeping images small.
Without getting into the nitty gritty, here are two simple tools that you can use for free to find out how your website and hosting is performing.
Test Your Site Reliability with Uptime Robot
Is your website online? Is it online when you need it, or when visitors are on your important sales and contact pages? It is likely your site sometimes goes offline – but do you have any idea how often that happens?
It may be difficult to know whether your site is available, and consistently available, unless you monitor it. Many small businesses use “shared hosting” and some hosts like GoDaddy and Bluehost may not be as reliable as you might thinkj.
You must use this free software – see if your host is really providing 99.9% uptime! Maybe your site is offline for hours a month and you have no idea. Get on top of monitoring your site’s uptime.
Test Your Site Speed with GT Metrix
Want to find out how fast your website is? Try this amazing tool. Testing is free and creating an account to track your tests is free.
Getting a score immediately and straigh-forward advice can help you and your web designer create a fast reliable site.
One of the more obvious slowdowns comes from using too many large images. While optimizing images is not simple, as you experiment with reducing content size, you can revisit GTMetrix to continually evaluate your progress.
Do these tests today – they are free!
There’s no reason to delay these tests, and if you need assistance just reach out. Within 5-10 minutes you can run these tests and sign up for these free services.
When you do, you’ll have a better sense of your website’s reliability, whether that is speed or uptime. And if you need more than the basics, both tools allow you to upgrade, expanding the frequency or scope of your tests and alerts.
What do you think? Are you using uptime and speed testing tools? Let me know how you manage your sites.