New Video Tutorials pt. 1, Full Page Load Monitoring. Oscars here we come.

Starting this week Monitis is rolling out new video tutorials that will guide users through setting up each type of monitor. The videos are located under the Resources tab of our homepage.  One of the videos is for Full Page Load monitoring, which has been a huge hit since we added it to our services a few weeks ago. It allows users to analyze how objects in their webpage are loading in real browsers in different parts of the world and identify bottlenecks. This is an extremely important measure for understanding user experience, as studies have shown that even a slight lag in load time can cause a noticeable drop in viewership and sales. As the video highlights, discovered that a 100 ms increase in load time resulted in a 1% drop in sales.  One might consider 100ms an unnoticeable duration, but 1% of Amazon’s annual sales is a whopping $300 million! Load time is also one of the parameters used by Google in determining a website’s PageRank.

Adding Full Page Load monitors is very easy.  Simply go to Add Monitor>Full Page Load, enter the url, a name and tagname for your monitor, a timeout threshold, frequency in minutes, and the locations from which to monitor. Click add and it will be added to the dashboard instantly. You can edit settings and add notification rules by click the pencil icon at the top. Clicking a datapoint reveals how the objects loaded during a particular test.  Objects include CSS scripts, Javascript, individual images, RSS, redirects, Frames and iFrames. The load times of these components are shown in a graphical view sometimes called a waterfall, and also in a sortable table. For each object, Monitis lists the following quantities: HTTP Response Code, Total Download time, DNS, Connection, 1st byte, Content Download, and number of bytes.  Sorting these quanities allows the user to quickly identify bottlenecks in the webpage. For example, sorting the DNS column brings the objects with the longest DNS time to the top.

One of our users, a large online news service, found that the website was loading fast save for a couple banner ads that were taking longer than 30 seconds to load. A customer in the education space found that pictures were taking too long to load and needed to be compressed or switched to .png files.

So, below is the video for your viewing pleasure. And if you’d like pricing details check out our Plan Builder. Full Page Load monitoring starts at just $5/month for the same plan that some of our competitors charge $50/month for!