Webiste load times measurement tool

Posted on 2014-03-18
Last Modified: 2014-03-23
Can someone advise a good tool to measure web page load times. I want to be able to compare these values by changing ISPs also.

Al I have found so far are two plugins for chrome, one is page load time and the other is page speed monitor.

I need a full fledge software, where I can feed multiple websites and it can emulate the browser and get stats for all of them in one go.

Note: I do not want tools that measure the website's performance itself. I want to measure the ISPs performance in loading that website.
Question by:tazm
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by:David Atkin
ID: 39936748

This little tool may be of some use to you:

It will give you the loading times of each page and object (images etc).

To test the ISP's speed you're better off using a speedtest site like

Hope this was a little helpful.

Author Comment

ID: 39936777
Thanks for your help David, but may be I was not clear enough, the link that you have mentioned, is exactly what I don't want, as it is measuring the site's performance and not the ISPs.
Speedtest will only generally test your download/upload speeds, and will not measure browsing experience.
I want to know for example, how much time takes to load on ISP A, as compared to when I am using ISP B. How do the DNS response times compare in both cases, when is the first packet received, and how long it took for the full content to load in my browser.

I hope its clear.
thanks again
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by:Scott Fell, EE MVE
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You can look at using your computers trace route over the course of a week and take an average.  You can also do this online as well
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i believe if you can install the chrome plugins that i have mentioned and see, you will get a better idea of what i am looking for. i dont want trace routes.
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by:Scott Fell, EE MVE
ID: 39937626
What is it you are trying to find out?

You asked, "Can someone advise a good tool to measure web page load times."

David Atkin, gave you a good solution (that I use myself) and you said, " I don't want, as it is measuring the site's performance and not the ISPs"  

You also said, "How do the DNS response times compare in both cases,"  This is what doing a trace route will help with.

Things can be slow or fast for multiple reasons. Most of the time it is going to be your own front and back end coding, database configuration and queries to name a few.  Are pages and images being cached?  

If you are talking about hosting for wordpress for instance, there will be hosts that are set up specifically for wordpress and will perform better mainly because of caching.  

Otherwise, looking at the hosting service, probably the main breakdown is going to be the network route from point A to B.  If you are testing share servers, pure html sites with lower volumes of traffic will load pretty fast.  Once you add a database aspect is where you find a difference.  They may have a data server that is running with 1000 other databases that you have no control over or the db is running on the webserver with minimal resources.  

Larger sites will include multiple servers with loadbalancing, firewalls, 3rd party CDN's, DB's.  

There are a lot of factors you need to test for and the best thing you can do is to first break down the items you want to test for and run them as one off's to verify your results.  When you are satisfied, you can write a script to automate the process.

But there is no way you can compare hosted at vs hosted at and determine if xyz's host is better than abc's unless you have the same exact environment set up on both hosts.

If you are simply trying to determine which host is best for yourself, using trace route will help you show the speed into the data center.  That is only one of many factors.

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tazm earned 0 total points
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I am only trying to measure which ISP is faster, I don't own a website, I am not a developer and I don't want any hosting.  I am just selecting an ISP. Hence I want to compare page load times in each case.

I want a software where I will enter a list of websites, and it will fetch the websites, and record the following:
DNS response time, time when first packet is received, time it took to load the full html document and download rate.

I cannot be any clearer than this.

And finally to answer my own question: I found this:

this is what I was looking for.


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ID: 39948426
None of the people understood my question to begine with, finally google helped me find what I was looking for, and I provided it in my answer, for others to benefit.

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