Having fast loading websites are important to professional webmasters and hobbyist bloggers alike. If your web pages fail to load quickly you’ll lose a significant portion of your visitors.
Almost everyone wants instant gratification. Even with the best SEO and content optimizations your website is competing with hundreds of millions of other web pages available online. Therefore having fast page load speeds will stop you losing visits to the next item in a search engine results page.
A basic web page load test involves using your own computer to view your web pages and time them manually. However, this is not the best method because there are too many variables that will skew your benchmark.
One of my favourite web page load speed testing resource is Pingdom Tools. The rest of this post will explain why.