GTmetrix is an online speed testing tool which allows webmasters to test their site loading times, to arrive at a fully loaded time, as well as a “score” from both Google PageSpeed and Yslow tools in one “hit”.
As WordPress optimizers, we often use GTmetrix as one of several objective measures of site performance.
A useful performance analysis tool
GTmetrix as well as Pingdom’s Full Page Test, are therefore useful tools in a web optimizer’s archive, not least because the GTmetrix speed test results are stored (for a while) and can be referred back to later, to compare future speed improvements against.
This tool, therefore, provides a nice objective measure for web optimizers to run tests.
Scores aren’t everything
While the PageSpeed and Yslow scores are not the be-all-and-end-all, site speed is, really, a very important metric, and, having a 90+ score on both services as well as a close to or under 1 second pageload time on GTmetrix will stand a website in good stead to be both fast for visitors, and consequently to perform pretty well in search engine rankings, too.
Its important to remember, too, that on its own, this measurement doesn’t do anything. You need to act on the results, too!
But speed matters
Speed matters, and GTmetrix is a really useful speed testing tool. Submit your URL, and measure your speed. You can do this at gtmetrix.com.
GTmetrix for WordPress
The team behind GTmetrix did release a WP plugin a while back, which has been downloaded around 10,000 times at last check, however, it didn’t really take off so much, and has not been update for a couple of years. See the plugin here.
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If it is speed you are looking for, and you are on WordPress – with or without eCommerce – then we are Silicon Dales might be just the right people to talk with.
There’s really so many arguments and reasons why making your website load faster – without losing a single ounce of quality – that optimizations are really a great way to squeeze value out of your site, and stay ahead of the competition.