Webmasters and search engine optimizers need to be aware that speed, or better a website's loading time, is now part of the algorithm that search engines use to rank websites. At least Google has mentioned that speed is a ranking factor.
Optimizations need to be verified and speed tests are one of the best options to do that. Speed Monitor is a free application that can test the loading time of multiple websites over time.
It begins by adding one or multiple websites or pages to the application. Websites are stored in rows in the main application interface and all it takes to add another one is to click on a new row and enter the website address or IP to do so.
The default frequency is set to 60 seconds which means that the program will download each page every minute. The program lists the current time in ms that it took to download the page, the last ten, 100 and 1000 times.
Charts are provided to visualize the data for a selected website address.
Webmasters can clear the data which can be handy before tests to get a new set of results. Speed Monitor can also be used to compare the page loading time of a website with another one. This may help discover further room for loading time improvements.
Speed Monitor is a portable handy program for the Windows operating system. The software has been developed as part of Donation Coder's NANY 2011 challenge. Downloads and options to communicate with the developer are provided there as well.
The latest version of Speed Monitor needs the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 on the PC it is started on. The developer has added new features to recent versions, like drag and drop support or support for charts. The program itself can be started without installation.
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