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10 Sites to Test Your Blog’s Performance (Page Speed, Caching, Server)

[This post is part of the Ultimate Guide to Launching a WordPress-Powered Blog series.]

You may have experienced a lot of changes and updates to your blog throughout this entire series and at some point (or many points) you may have wondered what the actual benefit of all of these things might actually be.

Well, there are definitely some easy ways to find out! In fact, you’ll want to not only bookmark these but also use a number of them to get different perspectives.

In fact, it’s a good practice to do some tests after you do anything significant to your blog, especially as it relates to your WordPress Theme, any WordPress Plugins, any 3rd party scripts, any hosting/server/dns changes, and more!

Here are 10+ sites and web services/apps that can help you test your blog’s speed, the new caching systems you have in place, and any other optimization and/or changes that you’ve made to your blog.

1. Firebug + Yahoo! YSlow

Love me some Firebug and Yahoo! YSlow plugin. Definitely check those out!

2. Firebug + Google Page Speed

Make sure to get the Google Page Speed add-on too!

3. Firebug + Hammerhead

Hammerhead is a simple add-on that shows the load time of a website. Easy.

4. Pingdom Tools

Pingdom’s Toolset is amazing. I use this all the time.

5. Load Impact

This one is a personal favorite as it provides a stress-test to see if your new server or hosting provider can handle a huge surge of traffic. Check it out here. As you can see by my graph above a “flat line” means your server is amazing and the load tests aren’t even close to overloading the system.

6. Web Page Test

I standard test that’s comprehensive and yummy. Check it out here.

7. Gomez Instant Test Pro

This service is free although you have to fill out a bunch of information. You can quickly insert some “bogus” info and get the test done.

8. Redbot

Redbot is simple and easy to use. You’ll need a bit more native understanding to execute on some of their suggestions though.

9. Cache Test

This manual test is one way to not only “test” your system but learn more about caching in general.

10. Compression Check

See if you’ve got compression turned on to speed up your site!

11. Compression GZIP Check

Another simple test to check compression and GZIP.

Hope those help and can provide you with enough firepower to test out your sites and blog! Let me know if I’m missing one that you use!

Finally, looking for some more tools to use? Check out these two posts:

[This post is part of the Ultimate Guide to Launching a WordPress-Powered Blog series.]