By Talia -
on Tue Jun 28 2011
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This is a cool little site that allows you to see how fast your
(or any) website loads in a real browser, from over 50 areas
worldwide. It works out the speed by retrieving it from a browser
at a random location- after that you can choose a specific location
and browser type. Pretty cool if your website has a worldwide
audience or if you're hosted in a different area to your
It also provides snapshots of your website during different
times during its loading, which can be downloaded into a waterfall
graph. Very cool!
You can have a go here.
Here's how bka shaped up:
Yup, bka loaded in the quick time of 0.9 seconds in Auckland
with Firefox 3.6. On the other side of the globe in New York, bka's
website loaded in 5.5 seconds with Internet Explorer 8.
Why the different loading times? There's a few factors, one of
the most significant being the hosting area. It helps to host close
to your location, or the location of your target audience. For your
users, this means less distance to travel and less servers to go
through. Thus bka's website clocked in at a pretty quick time in
New York, considering our local hosting.
Loading times also depend on internet speeds in that location, a
factor that will only improve with time.
New techniques to improve loading speeds are being discovered
all the time. If you're concerned about how slow your site is
loading, talk to us and
we can help you work out ways to load faster.
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