Getting Started Guide
Let's Get Started!
Welcome to GTmetrix! We hope our tool helps you make your site as fast as it can be. Here's a quick guide to get you on your way to optimization.
1. Analyze a URL
Log in to your GTmetrix account and analyze a URL from your Dashboard.
Click the "Analysis Options" button to get more test features and functions.
You can also use our Bookmarklet to analyze any site quickly and easily from your toolbar!
2. Understand your Report
It's important to understand the recommendations. They are meant to be generic, best practices; not everything will apply to your site.
Optimizing rules at the top of the list can greatly improve your overall score.
3. Track your Changes
Set up monitoring and let GTmetrix analyze your URL on a schedule. View historical graphs and make notes using the annotation tool to track your improvement.
Click on "Page settings" on the left side, and under "Monitoring", select your desired testing schedule.
Do More With Your Reports
Use our various tools and options to discover more about your performance issues.
Compare with your Competitors
See how your page performs compared to others.
Click on "Compare to another URL" on the left side in the Report Page and input another URL.
You can compare up to 4 URLs.
View your Performance Around the World
See your page load in 6 different test regions.
Click on "Page Settings" on the left side in the Report Page, select another "Test Server Region", then save your settings. Re-Test the page. A report will be generated using a server in that region.
Analyze your Site with Android
See your site performance on mobile devices.
Click on "Page Settings" on the left side of the Report Page and under Test Format, select "Chrome (Android, Galaxy Nexus)", then save your settings. Re-Test the page. A report will be generated using Android!
Get Notified of Slow Performance
Receive an e-mail when something happens.
Click on "Set up an Alert" on the left side in the report page and add conditions to when you want to be e-mailed.
You must have that URL monitored to use Alerts.
Test your Performance Without Ads
See how ads affect your site load.
Click on "Page Settings" on the left side of the Report Page, check "Block ads with Adblock Plus", then save your settings. Re-Test the page. An analysis will be performed that blocks ads from loading on your site.
You can also activate most of these features from the "Advanced Options" tab in the Analyze field on your Dashboard.
Check out our complete list of features and get the most out of your GTmetrix reports.