SmartBear Advances How Website Speed is Measured

AlertSite, a Web performance monitoring solution from SmartBear Software, goes beyond the traditional views of Website performance to deliver the ultimate measure of website speed: what users see with their eyes as a page is rendering on-screen, rather than just measuring generic page load times. AlertSite Delivers ‘First Paint’ and ‘Above-the-Fold’ Page-rendering Times.
Beverly, Mass. — June 26, 2012 — AlertSite, a Web performance monitoring solution from SmartBear Software, goes beyond the traditional views of Website performance to deliver the ultimate measure of website speed: what users see with their eyes as a page is rendering on-screen, rather than just measuring generic page load times.

"Perception is reality when it comes to a user's Web experience," says Ken Godskind, SmartBear's vice president of monitoring solutions. "Speed is paramount to ensuring great user experiences, but traditional measures of speed have not changed with the way we build and optimize Web applications until now. First Paint is the time it takes for the first burst of pixel activity as the page begins to render. Above-the-Fold is the time it takes for the rendered page to visually complete. Both represent a revolutionary measure of user experience that will enable AlertSite customers to build faster, stronger Web applications to meet users' high expectations and deliver greater business value."

AlertSite from SmartBear differs from traditional Website performance monitoring tools by:
  • Examining a Web page as it's rendering in the viewable portion of the browser
  • Measuring the point at which it first paints
  • Measuring the point at which the page stabilizes above the fold
  • Capturing images of the screen at these milestones to provide a visual reference
AlertSite customers can now access First Paint and Above-the-Fold statistics in their AlertSite Detail Report. This will enable AlertSite customers to build faster, stronger Web applications that will meet users' high expectations and deliver greater business value.

SmartBear will demonstrate these powerful new capabilities in booth #208 at the Velocity Web Performance and Operations Conference in Santa Clara, Calif., June 26-27, 2012. Not at the show? Sign up for your free AlertSite trial.

To learn more about website speed as it relates to Website performance and user experience, read the following blog, "How Fast is Your Website, Really? Learning More from AlertSite."

 

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