How to Analyze Web Application Performance Using SolarWinds

In the push to make the web more accessible, performance is key. Websites are becoming bigger and more complex than ever before, placing a toll on both servers and clients. However, website performance is vital to attracting and keeping users engaged. In this article, we’ll explain why web application performance is important and how you […]

8 Features that Make Our New Page Speed Test Awesome

We love our page speed test and, considering the amount of traffic coming into tools.pingdom.com, we have a feeling you guys love it, too. Hence, it was with a slight feeling of apprehension that we started working on giving the page, and primarily the back-end functions, a much-needed revamp. After all, if it’s not broken, […]

A Visual Explanation of How DNS Lookups Work

Have you ever wondered what happens when you type an address into your browser? The first step is the translation of a domain name (such as pingdom.com) to an IP address. Resolving domain names is done through a series of systems and protocols that make up the Domain Name System (DNS). Here we’ll break down […]

Out with the Old, in with the New. It’s Makeover Time!

Within a few days the login page to my.pingdom.com is getting a completely new look: You know, switching things up for the new season. We’ve heard that Gen Z yellow  is the new “it color”, so we better flaunt it while on trend! Jokes aside, the only real change that’s going to affect you is […]

Protect Your Sales Opportunities with SLOs and SLAs

Web users now have such high expectations for website performance that a few minutes of downtime or a half-second delay in page loading can mean the difference between a sale and lost opportunity. Because so many customer-facing interactions are now conducted through the web, any downtime or subpar performance can lead to brand damage, degraded […]

Can gzip Compression Really Improve Web Performance?

The size of the web is growing exponentially. From 2016 to 2017, the average size of a website increased from 2.5 MB to 3.4 MB, a jump of nearly 1 MB in just a year. Considering 1.1 MB was the average size of a website in 2012, that’s an enormous difference. While it’s true that […]

Will HTTP/2 Make Your Site Faster?

Version 1.1 of the venerable HTTP protocol powered the web for 18 years. Since then, websites have emerged from static, text-driven documents to interactive, media-rich applications. The fact that the underlying protocol remained unchanged throughout this time just goes to show how versatile and capable it is. But as the web grew bigger, its limitations […]

Increased Data Retention for Visitor Insights

We are very happy to announce the new data retention policy for Pingdom Visitor Insights. As of today, Pingdom stores all data for one month up to a year depending on your plan. The retention policy is in effect immediately and gives you the ability to hold on to all data for significantly longer so that […]

Introducing Shareable Reports

Wouldn’t it be great if you could share the most important parts of your end-user experience data without giving access to your Pingdom dashboard? Our new Shareable Reports feature allows you to share Visitor Insights data easily, through interactive reports, without giving direct access to your Pingdom account. Introducing Shareable Reports Share Interactive Reports With […]

Web Performance of the World’s Top 100 E-Commerce Sites in 2018

In 2016, we tested the web performance of the world’s top 50 e-commerce sites. The e-commerce and online retail industry generated over $2.2 trillion in revenue in 2017 alone, so it is with little surprise that e-commerce websites are growing and changing constantly. With the demand for websites to deliver faster and smoother visitor experiences, […]

Now You Can Set Up Recurring Maintenance Windows

In November you’ll remember that we released Pingdom Maintenance, which allows you to pause your Uptime and Synthetic Transaction monitoring checks when you need to take your site down for maintenance. Since then we’ve been listening to what you, our customers, have loved about it and how we could improve it even further. Thus, we’re […]

Pingdom’s Web Performance Year in Review 2017

2017 was a big year for us at Pingdom – we celebrated our 10th birthday! We also had plenty more reason to celebrate: we added plenty of nice new features to our tools, like Filmstrip for Page Speed monitoring and Threshold alerting for Uptime monitoring. We also released major updates to our iOS and Android apps, […]

Does Page Load Time Really Affect Bounce Rate?

It’s 2018 and as we hurtle headfirst into the new year, the Internet isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. Or actually, is it? We rolled up our sleeves and in the vast amount of data we collect we discovered that last year alone, the average size of a website increased by over 900kB from 2016 […]

How We Scale Our Experience Monitoring for the Biggest Websites

More and more online businesses today are understanding the value of their visitors’ site experiences and the direct impact they have on customer acquisition and retention. With the focus shifting towards visitor experience over purely technical performance statistics, the need for a unified digital experience monitoring solution has become mission-critical. This is especially true for […]

Why Engineers Should Care about Marketing Metrics

Look back into almost any online technology businesses 10, or even 5 years ago and you’d see a clear distinction between what the CTO and CMO did in their daily roles. The former would oversee the building of technology and products whilst the latter would drive the marketing that brought in the customers to use […]

How to Implement Visitor Insights Snippet in 3 Steps

We’d argue that anybody with a website needs site monitoring, and our latest tool is no exception. As with all of our web performance tools, we strive to make setup as quick and hassle-free as possible. Visitor Insights is no exception: whilst it collects an incredible amount of visitor data from your site, setting it […]