Webpage Load Speed

Case Study: Black Friday Website Outages, Downtime, Average Page Speed

Dotcom-Monitor recently chose 20 midsized online companies to monitor for one week from those ranked 500-600 in the Internet Retailer 2011 ranking. We focused our monitoring on a demographic that encompasses what is considered a mid-size company, not large enough to have inexhaustible budgets, and just large enough to begin considering ways to optimize web site performance. By testing their websites at a 15-minute frequency from nine North American monitoring locations for seven days using a non-caching, Internet Explorer browser we were able to pinpoint potential areas to improve and issues to avoid.

Presidential Election Website Performance and Uptime – Romney vs Obama

As the Nov. 6, 2012 Election Day nears the two presidential hopefuls are in a close standoff. This year, even more than in year’s past a candidate’s website play an important role in presenting the candidates views and as a fundraising conduit. Dotcom-Monitor has been tracking both candidates’ websites MittRomney.com and BarackObama.com for uptime and performance. After all, if the candidate’s website isn’t up, or isn’t performing well it neither presents the candidates views, nor raises funds. We monitored both sites in 15-minute increments from eight USA-only locations using Internet Explorer, non-cached, starting on October 26th 2:30 pm CST. We present our presidential election website performance findings to-date here on Oct. 30, 2012. We will provide updates on the websites’ performance over the next few days as the race continues to intensify.

Searching for the Fail Whale: Worldwide Twitter Page Speed Testing [infographic]

When Twitter is over capacity and the “Fail Whale” error message signals another Twitter outage or slows to an elephant crawl, it’s not a surprise to many Twitter users anymore. Over the years, Twitter performance has struggled to handle its rapidly growing capacity. Interestingly, the “Fail Whale” was originally drawn featuring an elephant (not a whale) in 2002 by an China-born artist named Yiying Lu.

Website Performance Test – Testing Olympic Game 2012 Websites [Infographic]

Website Performance Test

As one of the world’s most important sporting events the Olympic Games attract millions of people from around the world. The mass media websites that cover the Games must be able to work under unprecedented loads of traffic. The Dotcom-Monitor team decided to take the opportunity to run a website performance test analyzing how the most powerful mass media websites respond to this massive influx of website visitors during the Olympic Games.

We setup website performance monitoring using two Dotcom-Monitor solutions: ServerView and BrowserView Platforms.