How fast is your website?
In the next year or two, this is going to be a hot topic. Why? Because Google is now using site speed as a ranking indicator. Beyond Google results being affected, visitors to a website are less likely to stay on a longer loading page. After 3 seconds, approximately 40% of your audience leaves looking for a faster option of what you were about to provide.
Besides doing it for Google, your website visitors want a website that loads fast, no matter what device it loads on. With more and more mobile devices and Google algorithm updates called “Mobilegeddon”, your website not only needs to be fast but it needs to be compatible for mobile and tablets as well.
Godaddy and other “Cloud” hosting companies over sell the space on their servers. You never really know what you’re getting when you’ve hired a company who’s headquarters are over seas. So how do you know how fast your website is? Simple, there are several free tools that will tell you how many seconds it takes for your website to load. The free tools to test the speed of your website are: Pingdom, Google Page Speed Insights, and Web Page Test.
We used the Pingdom tool to determine the speeds below. Check your website to see how you stack up. Below are 21 websites we tested to see how fast their website was and who their host is. If “Internal” is listed, when search for the hosting company we could only find internal records that identify. The page load times vary but you can see when you have a dedicated host, your website is going to load faster.
How does your website measure up?
Page Load Time
|Leaderpost.com||Post Media||30+ seconds|
|GlobalNews.ca||Shaw Cable||7.60 seconds|
|StrategyLab.ca||KSP Hosting||2.80 seconds|
|SaskNDP.ca||Fact Hosting||2.64 seconds|
|SaskParty.com||Domains at Cost Hosting||2.88 seconds|