SpeedGuard

Description

Is it your website slow speed that is holding you back from getting more visitors from Google? Not sure?

Get the definite answer less than in 10 minutes with SpeedGuard plugin:
1. Install SpeedGuard
2. Add the most important pages of your website to be tested
3. Get a complete picture of your site speed health in 10 minutes

With SpeedGuard you get:

  • speed tests of 65 most important pages of your website
  • reliable results — every page is tested 3 times to ensure accurate load data tracking
  • up-to-date information — tests are run and results are updated every single day
  • daily reports about your site speed health are delivered straight to your inbox. If site performance gets worse you’ll be able to prevent big problems asap
  • detailed data for every test with just one click which you can pass to the performance engineer to improve your site speed
  • tests are completely automated since first time setup is don
  • specific recommendations for improving your site speed results
  • easy to start — you need just 10 minutes to set up the plugin for the first time
  • tests are completely automated since first time setup is done
  • It’s free

Stop losing visitors because of slow site speed. No need to guess whether your website is really slow. Install SpeedGuard and get the definite answer in your WordPress Dashboard in 10 minutes.

WordPress Multisite compatible. Take control over the websites load times across the whole network.

Idea Behind

Doing SEO for clients and my own projects for the past 10 years, I noticed that solution to the not-getting-traffic problem often can be found in quite basic things: sitemap, robots.txt, duplicates, redirections. But, first of all, page speed.

Today, if your website loads slow, there is no need to even bother with any other optimization at all.

Website speed is one of Google’s top priorities for 2018 and it’s also its ranking signal. If Google crawler can’t access your website because it’s loading slow or throwing errors, it will never proceed further with indexation and ranking, and as a result, your website won’t get any decent organic traffic.

I wanted an easy-to-use tool to warn me in case my website load time may harm its search rankings. I wanted native WordPress solution, with all information available from the dashboard, simple but still informative, a guard who will do the monitoring every day and ping me, in case something goes wrong. I have not found the one, that’s why I’ve built my SpeedGuard plugin.

I’ll be happy to know that you find it useful as well!

Translations

  • English – default, always included
  • Russian – Привет!

Note: No your language yet? You can help to translate this plugin to your language right from the repository, no extra software needed.

Credits

  • Thanx to Baboon designs from the Noun Project for the timer icon.

Screenshots

  • Plugin installation
  • Getting API Key
  • Running speed tests
  • Settings: widgets, tests and notifications

Installation

Automatic plugin installation:

  1. Go to Plugins > Add New in your WordPress Admin
  2. Search for SpeedGuard plugin
  3. Click Install SpeedGuard
  4. Activate SpeedGuard after installation
  5. Follow further instructions to get API key and start using SpeedGuard

Getting API Key for free testing:

  1. Fill out this short form
  2. Check your email and confirm the request
  3. You will receive the email with “WebPagetest API Key” subject. Copy your API key from this email into the field on SpeedGuard->Settings page and press “Save API Key”.

Configuration:

Go to the SpeedGuard->Settings page to set the check frequency and the case when you prefer to be emailed.

For example, you can set tests to run every day and send you a performance report every day, too.

Or you may want to receive an email just in case the average site speed is worse than say, 5 seconds (adjustable too).
In this case, the plugin will perform tests every day but send you the warning only in if your site is loading slower than the time you have set.

FAQ

What service is used for performing tests?

SpeedGuard is using Google service WebPageTest API to get reliable test results.

How accurate the results are?

Each test is run 3 times (cache disabled), then the average is calculated and displayed in order to get the accurate results.

Where the site speed is tested from?

Currently, SpeedGuard runs all tests from the server in Dulles, VA, USA. Soon I’ll add the ability to choose the custom location.

Are the speed results for desktop or mobile users?

Currently, SpeedGuard runs all tests for the desktop users using cable Internet connection. Soon I’ll add the ability to monitor load time for mobile devices as well.

How many tests I can perform per day?

You can run 65 tests per day. Will it 65 different URLs to test or 65 tests of the one particular URL — it’s up to you. There is a widget on SpeedGuard pages that shows how many tests you have already used.

Reviews

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Contributors & Developers

“SpeedGuard” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

“SpeedGuard” has been translated into 2 locales. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

Translate “SpeedGuard” into your language.

Interested in development?

Browse the code, check out the SVN repository, or subscribe to the development log by RSS.

Changelog

Version 1.3.1

  • Minor bugs fixed

Version 1.3

  • Pages and custom post types support added.

Version 1.2.2

  • Minor bugs fixed, some notes added.

Version 1.2.1

  • Language bug fixed.

Version 1.2

  • Multisite support added.

Version 1.1.0

  • Tests page view updated.

Version 1.0.0

  • Initial public release.