If you are a site owner, webmaster or a web author, here are some free tools that you can use to evaluate and improve the speed of your site:
Firefox / Firebug Add-ons:
- YSlow, a free tool from Yahoo! that suggests ways to improve website speed.
- Page Speed, a free tool from Google that evaluates the performance of web pages and gives suggestions for improvement.
- Hammerhead – a free tool to measure the load time of web pages.
- WebPagetest shows a waterfall view of your pages’ load performance plus an optimization checklist.
- Port80 Software, free site performance testing tools on our website.
- CSS Sprite Generator – Generates a CSS sprite out of a number of images.
- Smush It – Online tool that allows you to upload images for lossless compression and optimization. Provides a report of bytes saved and downloads a zip file containing the optimized versions of the files.
- In Google Webmaster Tools, Labs > Site Performance shows the speed of your website as experienced by users around the world.
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