We’ve all had the experience of a web page seeming to take too long to respond. Sometimes the website is slow, sometimes your internet connection is slow …
But if the website is your own, it is easy to worry that there is A PROBLEM and that perhaps visitors to your website are also finding it slow. Or worse still, just can’t get to it at all.
If this happens, there are a few URLs you can bookmark that will help give you peace of mind (or if not, give you some good information to help you ask for support).
If you would like to know the response time for your website from the US, Europe or Australia, use WebSitePulse. You can choose to run your test from each of these three geographies. Your website server is hosted in one of those regions, so the response from that region will probably be faster.
Here is the response time report for OM4.com.au as tested from WebSitePulse’s Brisbane server:
If all you want is the time taken to load your website from the US try iWebTool. Just enter your URL and you’ll get the response time.
If you want to see the US response time with all the gory details of how long each component takes to load (the basic web page, the images, the style sheets) in technicolor detail then Pingdom is for you.
Is your site slow or fast? Well, pick some other sites and do a comparison using the same tool. Keep in mind where the site is hosted can have a significant bearing on the relative speed. So if you want to compare to your own site, use the WebPulse tool and use the correct region.
Google’s US search page loads in 0.6 sec from the US. If you can find anything that beats that, you are doing well. Amazon’s home page loads in 6 sec from the US, and this is clearly fine for running an online business.
At least with these test links you never need to wonder if your website is slow or not!