- Web Page Analyzer - This tool is fairly comprehensive and may be the only one you really need for website speed analysis. Includes stats on every file and object downloaded and provides approximate download times for different connection rates.
- OctaGate Site Timer - This one to be as accurate as the first one because it attempted to download images referenced in my CSS files that were commented out. However, it provides a nicer graphical output that marks when the request was started, when it connected, and the time when the first and last bytes were received. It also highlights 404 errors in red, which is handy for finding missing files or bad URLs.
- HttpZip Compression Checker - Use this to check whether files from your website are being served with HTTP Compression on or off.
- Dynamic Drive Online Image Optimizer - if you’re hardcore about your image compression, you should check out Ken Silverman’s Utility Page. But if you’re like me and just want a quick and easy web based utility for compressing images, this is your site. It can convert gif, jpg, and png files up to 300kb. It will also do conversions to other image types and display multiple results at various color levels and compression rates so you can pick the best one for your needs.
Statistics and Search Engine Optimization
Get a handle on your web traffic with these sites.
- Website Grader - Gives your website a score in an attempt measure its effectiveness. Shows your PageRank, meta info, domain info, technoratic stats, etc... It generates a really neat report card for your blog.
- Google Webmaster Central - An absolute essential tool for those who care about users finding their site via Google. Especially pay attention to the Webmaster tools which include Sitemap support.
- 103bees Search traffic analysis - Unlike other stats packages, this one is focused purely on natural search engine traffic analytics. What are users searching for when they land on your site? This is a nice complement to Google Analytics. And it’s free! One caveat is that the script can be slow sometimes, which can play havoc with CSS based designs.
- Alexa.com - The beauty of this site is that you can easily compare your website’s reach with several other websites on a single graph, thus starting a huge pissing contest.
Spicing Up Your Posts With Images
- Wikipedia Public Domain Image Resources - Images can bring a blog post to life. But rather than worrying about receiving a cease and desist letter for misusing copyrighted material, why not use images that are part of the Public Domain? This page is chock full of links to resources for free images.
- PicFindr - Despite it’s “Oh so Web 2.0” name (must everything end in a consonant plus “r” these days? At least it doesn’t have BETA anywhere), this tool is really great. It will search a set of free photo sites such as Stock.xchng, for free photographs.
- Flickr Creative Commons - Still haven’t found that picture that just hits the point you’re trying to make? Try the Flickr Creative Commons search engine. Remember, these photos are not public domain. You do need to abide by the license. But for the most part, the licenses are pretty lenient for you to reuse the photos in your own blog.
- Open Clip Art Library - Maybe you want your image to be iconic rather than photographic. Check out this free Public Domain clip art library to find an icon for every occasion.
- WP Clipart - Another Public Domain clip art library, though the quality tends to be less than the Open Clip Art Library.
Create and Improve Your Content
- Cliche Finder - Try to avoid using too many tired old cliches by running your post through this web based utility.
- HallwayTesting.com - This is a fantastic site for basic hallway usability testing. Just submit your URL and real people will post comments with criticisms and praise for your site. The more specific you are about what you want testers to focus on, the better quality the feedback. Try it out.
- FeedBurner - This one gets special mention because it fits in so many categories. It’ll help optimize your bandwidth by serving your RSS feeds for you. Also, it includes a basic free stats package as well as a premium stats package that can replace Google Analytics. FeedBurner can also provide features your blogging platform might not, such as subscribing to RSS Feeds via email.
This information was originally shared by Smith