We have seen in a previous post that it was possible to measure the load time of web pages from a web console. The data collection is fast and accurate, but we stay dependent on the network where we are localized. It can be interesting to measure a load time of web page around the globe
Indeed the measures from the web console are correct only for your environment/web connection. What’s the measure in another place of the world?
Is there an impact? I would like to ask “Yes”. Now we will try to prove it.
A long load time to display your web page may unfortunately frustrate the user who will leave the website (the maximum waiting time tolerated is estimated to 4 seconds approximately). Even before landing on your page, the user has to find your website and Google Bots will tend to reference it better if the loading time is below 2 seconds.
It means the loading time of a web page is a critical feature.
There are various ways to measure the load time of a web page. For example:
- the console in the browser
- on-line websites
- browser plugins
- specific tools measuring loading time
Let me introduce you a tool I really find convenient. As a tester, you like to use heuristics for all kind of data you need to fill. Let’s talk about a simple example, a form where you need to enter your name, your address and a text.
You will test this with empty fields, very long text, SQL injection, Special characters, End-of-Line characters, text where numbers are only required and probably also with several encodings, etc (See this Test Heuristics Cheat Sheet for more ideas). If you don’t have a UI framework that test this with data, then you need to enter this “manually”, or you can be helped by a tool like “Bug Magnet” available in the Chrome Store.
Then simply with a right click you will be able to add: …
Exploratory testing methodology keeps growing nowadays.
Those tests allow the free expression of a tester without following a test plan.
To run those tests, there is no need for a specific or complex software.
Here is the presentation of a very simple and efficient Chrome plugin “Exploratory Testing Chrome Extension”