What web performance tools are out there?

This is the second post of my series on assessing web performance.

This is going to be a whistle stop tour of some of the tools that are out there that will help you measure your website’s performance. This is by no means exhaustive – there are lots of other tools out there that I’m completely unaware of. If there is something you think should be added please add a comment!

This is intended for someone who is wondering “Where to start?” when it comes to performance metrics.

The four tools that I am going to mention are:

  • Dev Tools “Network” tabs
  • Google PageSpeed Insights
  • Web Page Test
  • New Relic (briefly)

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What metrics matter, and what is “good performance”?

One of the things that I found that gets glossed over a lot in the existing performance advice out there is explaining what metrics matter, and what qualifies as good when it comes to performance

The first question is a lot easier to answer than the second.

What metrics matter?

There are three main metrics that I’m currently focusing on in my work, and for most projects I think these will apply:

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How to assess web performance – a series

I’ve been diving deep into web page performance at my work lately, and I’ve discovered a lot. There is a lot of advice out there about looking at your page performance – but I wanted to put together what I have found as a series of blog posts on the topic.

This will be a distillation of some of the things that I’ve found, and I hope provides useful context for people just getting started out in dealing with page performance.

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