E-Commerce at ECP
16 May 2011 12:13pm
I am trying to find a tool or service that allows you to test your website speed from around the UK/different ISP's.
We often make changes to our website and only really test the live website from our own HQ, which is obviously on a very fast web connection and biased as the network is directly connected to the hosting servers, etc.
Does anyone know of such a tool or service?
Web technology professional at Bitcala.com
16 May 2011 14:52pm
This isn't quite the right thing (although it should like a good niche for someone to start an auto-testing tool!) but you could look at 'web proxies'.
A web proxy 'views' your site from another location and sends you the resulting page, so you can see how quickly (or slowly) things load by routing them though other countries.
Secondly, if you use a Mac (there's a way of doing htis on Windows too, but I don't know it) you can artificially 'throttle' your local connection to any speed you wish:
sudo ipfw pipe 1 config bw 15KByte/s
creates a pipe that only allows up to 15KB/s to go through.
sudo ipfw add 1 pipe 1 src-port 80
will attach that pipe to the outgoing traffic on port 80, effectively limiting the outgoing traffic of the web server.
sudo ipfw delete 1
will remove the pipe from the port.
16 May 2011 16:04pm
Thanks for your reply!
I dont think i explained myself properly. What i want to see is how my website is performing to normal residential users in different parts of the UK e.g. Someone in Scotland, or someone in Manchester, etc.
And also how the website is performing on different ISP's e.g. BT, TalkTalk, Virgin Media, etc.
So we want to see the natural performance of the website from normal users, if thats makes sense?
16 May 2011 16:56pm
I see what you mean!
That is going to be tricky - I would suggest a tab on left or right-hand side with:
"Rate our speed"
Which simply pops out and lets users rate 1-5 or similar. Then you can co-relate speed ratings with ISPs (by logging their IP addresses).
I'm afraid some sort of automated version doesn't exist to my knowledge - but some enterprising individual might reply and correct me!
CEO at Econsultancy
18 May 2011 09:48am
Quite a few people provide what you want. For example Site Confidence are good (http://www.siteconfidence.com/services/performance-monitoring.aspx) or SciVisum (http://www.scivisum.co.uk).
You should read previous posts on this:
BTW, you should also consider your site's performance in terms of how *Google* perceives it as this is important for SEO and is also quite a good proxy for how users experience the site. You get this for free in Google Webmaster Tools (see http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=158541)
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