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Easily measure the load time of a web page – Measure around the globe

Easily measure the load time of a web page – Measure around the globe

Introduction

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.

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Easily measure the load time of a web page – Web console

Easily measure the load time of a web page – Web console

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

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Bug magnet, a tool to ease testing

Bug magnet, a tool to ease testing

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:

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