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Category: Page Load Speed

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.

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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.

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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.

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Website Server Speed Test – Impact of Traffic Loads on Euro Sites [Infographic]

Website Server Speed Test – As worldwide soccer fans went crazy about Euro 2012, the Dotcom-Monitor team took advantage of an opportunity to study how popular media site servers covering Euro 2012 behave when thousands of visitors converge on these websites. Dotcom-Monitor ran website server speed tests and monitored the most popular media site servers covering Euro 2012 from June 8 – June 15, which enabled us to validate how the performance of these media website servers changed and how well the tech teams had prepared for a surge in website traffic due to the Euro 2012 event.

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Page Load Speed

Bluehost Fastest Web Hosting Website in Test of Best Web Hosting Sites

Who has the Fastest Web Hosting Website?

Put to the test by Dotcom-Monitor, Bluehost ranks as the fastest web hosting website, beating the other top 10 web hosting company websites for speed across three continents, followed closely by InMotion and GoDaddy. Dreamhost was the slowest of the pack globally. Across a set of four different metrics, the Bluehost website proved superior, with GoDaddy scoring close behind in each metric.

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Dotcom-Monitor Launches Website Monitoring of EURO 2012 Coverage Sites

On the 8th of June the first game of the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship will start a series of exciting duels between European’s top 16 national soccer teams. Many popular media websites will be covering the EURO 2012 events. In turn, Dotcom-Monitor will be conducting website monitoring to analyze online performance and uptime of those sites covering the games. We will keep you updated and informed about the results.

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IRWD: Online Retail and the Speed and Beauty of Performance Monitoring

On February 15, 2012 I had the privilege of presenting a talk on website performance monitoring to 800+ of the world’s top online retail IT experts at the renowned Internet Retailer – Website Design and Usability Conference (IRWD) in Orlando, Florida alongside Matt Hoenck, the IT Director at Thymes.com. Competition is fierce in online retail and the stakes are high as more and more shoppers switch from bricks-and-mortar to online buying. Online retailers must remain informed of new technologies that improve website uptime and performance, (such as the new UserView Monitoring – Video Capture) and strike the right balance with user experience expectations involving website design and usability.

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