Pingdom speed test tool is quite popular nowadays in WordPress community. Pingdom speed test tool lets you explore a lot of things about your website and if very precisely you are able to read those, then you will get a lot of helping the idea to do optimize your website.

But in some cases, we see that people do some steps very correct but in some critical steps they went wrong and finally got the worse result than earlier.

This is the full tutorial for those who want the maximum result from their Pingdom speed test and there shown Data.

So, we start with the basic interface of Pingdom Speed Test tool. In case if you don’t know the URL then you can click here to go to Pingdom Speed Test Tool.

Pingdom Speed Test Tool Interface

So this is the very basic, neat and clean interface of Pingdom Speed Test Tool. No rocket science needed to get an idea, what you have to do now?

Yes, you guess correct. Simply enter the domain in “URL” field. Now click on the “Test From” field.

This is really a great and first time provided as an option. By opting the location, your website’s page loading speed will be tested from that particular location. Really cool feature…What do you say?

On other speed testing tools like GT Matrix or Google Page insight, they will not let you select the test location. But Pingdom will…..

Pingdom let you select anyone from these 4 as your test location.

  • Dallas, Texas, USA
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • San Jose, California, USA
  • Stockholm, Sweden

On the Top of the Page, you can see Pingdom Logo, by clicking on that logo you’ll be redirected to Pingdom Home page. Now you’re in Full Page test and the another option is “DNS HEALTH” to check your DNS status.

After Entering Your Domain and Test Location

Obviously, you’ve to click on “Start Test”.

I know You’ve clicked already. Now the main work start, Analysing the data by replied Pingdom.

Now, your screen should look like this,

Here you can see, we test youtube.com from test location ‘San Jose’.

Some basic and Important Data are shown here, like

Performance Grade: Performance Grade scores your page on the different performance parameters. Here the overall performance of the page will be shown. Like here YouTube homepage score is 77.

How can you get perfect 100/100 on performance Grade?

You can see here Page Loading time is 1.53 seconds and this is faster than 79% of websites which are tested on Pingdom.

Page Size is 2.0 Mb and total 89 requests found, which are asking to the server for response.

Here comes the main thing which redirects us or you can say guide us to the website optimization. ‘Performance Insight’:

In performance insight you can see the score on different parameters, and here you can have an idea that where you should improve your website.

Like for example in this test of youtube.com, some sores are really poor and there is room for improvement.

After reading the performance insight you have to decide first that the insight which are shown with poor scores are important for you or not, every type of performance is really not important for every website.

Get to know about every Performance Insight in detail.

Now, move to response codes:

These are HTTP response codes for test page.

You can get to know more about different HTTP Codes Here.

Time to Go Deep in Pingdom Speed Test Tool Matrices

After these all, Pingdom will let you see the data in detail and part-by-part.

First, you’ll see ‘Content Size by Content Type’ and ‘Request by Content Type’.

From here you will see the Pingdom Speed test tool summary in detail.

Scroll up a bit and you’ll see that how Pingdom is letting you see the summary data in very detail

Like for example:

Page size was 2.0 Mb. And here in table ‘content size by content type’ Pingdom explain the whole 2 Mb. Now you have a brief Idea which contents consumes your page size.

In summary, you see that there were total 89 requests and here in the box ‘Request by content Type’ total 80 requests from different request types. In waterfall analysis, you’ll see all the 89 requests.

Explore Pingdom ‘Content size by domain’ & ‘Requests by domain’ Table

It is not very hard to understand that the first table which is called ‘Content Size by domain’ is showing the size of file or request from the different domain, from where test page is actually fetching.

For open a web page requests actually redirects from the different domain and every redirection is intentionally for a specific cause. The second table shows that how much request is actually generated from every domain.

And now, Last but most Important:

Pingdom Speed Test Waterfall

And here comes finally into ‘Pingdom Speed Test Waterfall”. This is the speciality of Pingdom.

Every speed test tool has their own importance, this is for Pingdom Speed Test Tool. Pingdom gives you a wide data for your test page and Pingdom Waterfall will look like this.

Note: Pingdom waterfall is very explorable and long too. So, we can't explain each and every data of this table. 
But you can have an Idea of how can you get most of it

What is TTFB? And how to find it in Pingdom Speed Test Result

First 3 link(in this case) is showing TTFB (Time to first byte). TTFB is time taking to load the first byte of the whole web page.

You can as per in this waterfall data first URL is “http://youtube.com/”, it means we enter this URL in our web browser and then it automatically converts into “http://www.youtube.com/”, because this was not naked domain.

Naked Domain is the domain which doesn't consist "www" at the starting of their domain name. For eg. "https://domains.google"

And in the third link “https://www.youtube.com/”, because it uses https not http only. There you can see written 61.4 kB, it means on this domain data of this page start downloading. On that moment when the first byte of this 61.4 kB was started downloading, timing from entering the URL into browser till that moment was TTFB. In this case, TTFB was less than 0.1 second, which is very good.

As you already seen in performance insight that some parameters was have poor score, but YouTube is performing exceptionally well.

That’s why this article is existing guys. Every Insight Score for every website is not equally important. Important is the website speed and performance, and that depends upon a lot of things. Pingdom speed test tool is very helpful for your website optimization to achieve a better website performance.

But sometimes the wrong optimization affect adversely and they got worse performance than earlier.

In this waterfall analysis, you can see the use of different colors and Pingdom makes things easy for you. On the top of the waterfall, Pingdom describes the exact meaning of each color and gives you the choice for sorting and filtering.

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