I have a great new tool to add to my repository! I do a lot of web troubleshooting and I am constantly helping people make their websites load faster. In doing so over the years, I fell in love with YSlow and FireBug. These are FireFox plug-ins, if you didn’t already know.
YSlow and Firebug help me to diagnose where bottle-necks may be and even how to resolve it. The downside of these plug-ins are that they need to be “plugged” into your browser. In some instances, you may not be able to install applications. In other instances, you might be using a different web browser or even be on a mobile browser.
Now, WebSlug can measure your web site’s loading time. You can do this directly from any browser and you can also compare it to another site. Neat!
The way I would use WebSlug would be to test a website’s speed. Make some minor modifications (one at a time) and test the speed again. A very handy tool at your fingertips to troubleshoot with – all you need is a web browser and an internet connection. The web site has this little tidbit for you:
Webslug is just a way of identifying potential problems with your website’s performance. How to improve it is an exercise we’ll leave to you. With that being said a general rule is that about 80% of improvements can be made on the front end.
Let’s take a look at how WebSlug works and play with its Compare feature. To start, I will show you the single website speed test. It is located here: http://www.webslug.info/index/single. All you need to do is type in a full URL into the address box and hit the “Run test” button. Check it out:
The site will load in that greyish box:
And when it completed, I saw this:
So, my site took about 8 seconds to load. Now, I am going to compare it to another website. In this instance, I chose www.makeuseof.com, which is a much bigger site than mine with a lot more dynamic content.
With that, I decided to compare another set of sites — Google and Bing. Which search engine is faster?
Wow! Bing beat Google by almost 0.3 seconds! That’s huge considering their page is a lot busier! Feel free to run your own comparisons and if you find something interesting – let us know in the comments! Also we would love to hear about how you are speeding up your blog or website so our readers can benefit from your expertise!