Why is my website getting slower? Real user monitoring has the answers

Imagine you’re using real user monitoring to understand your website’s performance over time.

You’re looking at the performance trends report, which shows actual load times compared to expected ranges. Times that fall outside those ranges are highlighted automatically. This makes it easy to spot anomalies.

The orange shaded areas in the performance trends report indicate that load times were outside the expected range (shown by the blue-grey shaded area). Here, there’s a noticeable, prolonged slowdown (highlighted in red).

So what’s your next step when you do see an anomaly – when your website has suddenly got slower?

You could start a long, involved investigation.

Or you could click a button and get the answers you need.

Effortless analysis

The performance trends report now comes with a ‘Start Analysis’ button. Click it and select the anomaly you want to investigate. You will then see the factors that have contributed to the change in performance. Perhaps you’re suddenly getting a lot more visits from smartphone users on slow connections. Or perhaps a browser update has had an unexpected impact.

The new report highlights the factors involved in the slowdown

Focus on fixing, not investigating

This little piece of magic is down to our data scientists. They spend their lives analysing vast amounts of data so you don’t have to. They’re constantly on the hunt for ways to surface useful insights automatically, cutting down on the guesswork and manual investigation you have to do.

All this means you can devote more time to fixing the things that are under your control instead of wasting time searching for correlations that may or may not exist.

If you haven’t already done so, you can sign up for a trial of Real User Monitoring and try it for yourself.

Published date:  28 April 2017

Written by:  Drew Post

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