Load Time and Page Speed Tool

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See how to use Load Time and Page Speed Tool

Find which elements of the page slow it down and how to make it load faster to improve usability and increase ranking of any web page. Discover your page speed with the click of a button.

A complete analysis of a page’s load time is easily obtainable through the use of the Page Speed tool. With this tool you are able to find out how long it takes for a given page to load at a variety of connection speeds and will be provided with an outline of which components take the most and least amount of time to load. Every component of the page will be broken down. To run the tool, enter the URL you want run in the box labeled “Input URL.”

To run a single page and receive a breakdown, click the “Start Test” button. If you wish to compare two pages select the “Compare Two Pages” radio button, enter the two URLs you want reviewed and click “Start Test.”

Load Time as a Ranking Factor

Since 2010, Google has been incorporating the amount of time a page takes to load into the ranking factor of the page, making a quick load time an important aspect of page design and optimization. The Page Speed Tool will pinpoint areas that may be taking a significant amount of time to load so that steps can be taken to improve load time. Steps to take can include reducing the number of HTTP requests, the size of objects being downloaded such as images, style sheets, and JavaScript files, HTTP compression can be enabled, link directly to pages instead of redirects, and more.

When utilizing JavaScript and CSS in your page design, speed can be improved by removing JavaScript and CSS code from the HTML for the page and creating external documents for these files. If you run a site utilizing PHP, script code can be added which will combine CSS and JavaScript files into a single HTTP request for each. Another way to reduce load time is to avoid page redirects as much as possible. The Page Speed tool will notify you of redirects on your site so that you can correct these URLs.

The tool was tested by Jim Boykin