17 Reasons it’s Alarming if You Aren’t Effectively Alerting

Alerting is the cornerstone of any monitoring tool. When your website goes down, or when there’s a problem, you want to know about it before it affects your customers or business. In this blog post, we’ll dive into the importance of alerting, potential issues with alerts and how to maximize the value of setting up […]

Seven Website Content Optimization Tools and Methods You Should Start Using

Given that most websites today exceed two megabytes, content optimization is more important than ever. This is particularly true for mobile users who may experience sluggish cellular data speeds due to network limitations or data throttling. As websites grow in size and complexity, developers need to be aware of content optimization tools and methods that help them improve website performance.

The History of PC Hardware, in Pictures

We all use personal computers and we all take them for granted in our everyday lives. It’s easy to forget that PCs have only been around for a couple of decades, and initially were nowhere near the powerhouses we have on our desks today.

For example, did you know that the first “portable” computer weighed 25 kg (55 lb) and cost close to $20,000, that the first laser printer was big enough to fill up most of a room, or that you basically had to build the first Apple computer yourself?

A Beginner’s Guide to Using CDNs

Websites have become larger and more complex over the past few years, and users expect them to load instantaneously, even on mobile devices. The smallest performance drops can have big effects; just a 100ms decrease in page load time can drop conversions by 7%. With competitors just a click away, organizations wishing to attract and […]

The History of Computer Data Storage, in Pictures

Nowadays we are used to having hundreds of gigabytes of storage capacity in our computers. This was pure science fiction only a few decades ago. For example, the first hard disk drive to have gigabyte capacity was as big as a refrigerator, and that was in 1980. Not so long ago.

10 Computer Geek Jokes and Truisms

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We computer geeks are a breed of our own, and as with any group of people with mutual references, we often make jokes and observations that are totally incomprehensible to outsiders. So consider this post a litmus test. If you laugh at these jokes, then you are most definitely a computer geek.

Retro Delight: Gallery of Early Computers (1940s – 1960s)

We often think of computers as a very modern phenomenon, but there were actually plenty of computers around 50 years ago. They just weren’t an everyman commodity, instead limited to goverment and corporate use. And they certainly weren’t small. Some of them had imaginative names like Whirlwind, Colossus and Pegasus, while others were slightly less poetic with names like Z4, AN/FSQ-7 and ENIAC.

Below we have listed as many as 19 examples of computers from the early days, pioneering efforts that although cutting edge in their day now look lovingly retro.

Home Is Where Your Data Is

Out with the old, in with the new, as the saying goes. When you log in to our dashboard, you’ll immediately notice a difference in—after a bit of nip and tuck—a new home screen. The home screen in the SolarWinds® Pingdom® dashboard is now a proper home with a better overview of your account and […]

The Five Most Common HTTP Errors According to Google

Sometimes when you try to visit a web page, you’re met with an HTTP error message. It’s a message from the web server that something went wrong. In some cases it could be a mistake you made, but often it’s the site’s fault. Now, you might wonder, which are the most common HTTP errors that people encounter when they surf the Web? That is the question we’ll answer in this article.

Benchmarking CDNs: CloudFront, Cloudflare, Fastly, and Google Cloud

As web services become more popular in a global environment, the demand for responsive, performant sites have increased. Performance is critical to the success of modern web applications, whether the user is in California or New Zealand. Large companies such as Amazon track their response time, because an increase in response times by one second […]

2018 – Pingdom Year in Review

We thought we’d look back at the highs and lows of 2018 and share with you some stats about last year’s internet performance, and discuss a potential trend for this year. Browser Usage First, we’ll look at which browsers were most popular in 2018. Chrome remained on top of the market and has grown even […]

5 Steps to Help Prepare Your Retail Website for the Peak Holiday Season

As many retailers earn more during the holidays, web and application performance should be a top priority. Surges in traffic and transactions coupled with a rise in fraud and Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks during the holiday season puts tremendous pressure on a retailer’s digital infrastructure. Even an extra second in page load time or […]

Webpages Are Getting Larger Every Year, and Here’s Why it Matters

Webpage size matters because it correlates with how fast users get to your content. People today have grown to expect good performance from the web. In fact, Google published data showing that 53% of mobile site visits are abandoned if a page takes longer than three seconds to load. And the more data your webpage […]

How Google Collects Data About You and the Internet

We are watching youGoogle, perhaps more than any other company has realized that information is power. Information about the Internet, information about innumerable trends, and information about its users—YOU.

So how much does Google know about you and your online habits? It’s only when you sit down and actually start listing all of the various Google services you use on a regular basis that you begin to realize how much information you’re handing over to Google.

How to Analyze and Improve Page Load Performance

In the age of high-speed Internet, poor performance can spell disaster for your website. 53% of mobile site visits are abandoned if a page takes longer than three seconds to load, and 47% of consumers expect a web page to load in two seconds or less. An extra one-second delay can result in fewer page […]

What CMS Provides The Best Performance?

At Pingdom, we’re all about speed. You know that already—and you’ve probably tried our speed test? (If not, head over there at once!) Within the Pingdom® interface, we also offer continuous page speed testing so you can track how the page load evolves over time, and how website changes affect page speed. With over 850 […]