Uptime.com offers a free Page Speed test tool to help you pinpoint and correct problems related to site loading time and performance. The following article instructs you on how to use the speed test and understand the results.
- Uptime.com Page Speed Free Tool Basics
- Accessing the Uptime.com Free Tools Page Speed Test
- Understanding the Page Speed Report
- Final Thoughts
In the Free Tools section of the Uptime.com website, you can find the Page Speed test among the Free Domain Health Check and Free Global Uptime Test. (Go to Resources > Free Tools > Page Speed Test in the top navigation menu from the homepage)
Please note: If you have an Uptime.com account and are already logged in, you will be taken to the Page Speed filter in your account. You can create a new check or view existing checks there. If you’re not logged in or do not have an Uptime.com account, the page will look like the screenshot below.
Uptime.com provides results for 5 key areas:
The Page Speed test also provides both the overall grade for your webpage as well as the core vitals. This allows for a quick glance into how your webpage fairs with load times and performance.
Below is a brief overview of each report section. For a more in depth look at the report and what details it provides, please see our Reading a Page Speed Report documentation.
Provides the user with a brief look at what was rendered on the web page first with the Speed Visualization section. Additionally, the summary provides you with areas where your webpage could be improved with the Opportunities to Improve Performance section.
Gives the user a deep look into the aspects of their site that are affecting their performance such as load times per content type and Observed Load.
Audits provide the user with an in depth look at all of the aspects of the webpage that were audited and scored. Each metric is categorized by what they affect on the webpage (performance, SEO, accessibility, etc.)
The waterfall shows all of the requests that happened on a given webpage and breaks it down to show the user how long each request took and which request took the longest comparatively. This can be an invaluable asset when troubleshooting load speeds and performance.
The History section displays graphs based on your overall performance compared to that of the best practices for web page performance. Additionally, a graph for each individual metric being audited on your webpage is shown. This can be aggregated differently based on your use case and can be viewed in different time frames.
No matter the use case, the Page Speed test can reveal a number of options that can better improve your webpage’s speed and performance. This can help drive more traffic to your website and keep users on the page longer with a larger number of satisfied visitors.