Attention!

The average attention span in 2000: 12 seconds. The average attention span in 2013: 8 seconds. The average attention span of a gold fish: 9 seconds.

New feature: Suggested monitoring

What if you could get a little help finding exactly what you should monitor on your website? A helpful wizard when you’re getting started? We have added a new onboarding service to the Pingdom uptime monitoring service, where we help you discover what to monitor.

Synthetic and RUM – Better together

Real User Monitoring (RUM) and Synthetic Monitoring are the two predominant end-user monitoring techniques. Leveraging one with the other allows for a more accurate and comprehensive monitoring experience. Here, we’ll show you how incredibly complimentary they are.

Online stores for indie brands

“From the very beginning, our ambition was to allow anyone, anywhere in the world, to be able to start and grow their online business for free,” said Siavash Ghorbani, CTO and co-founder of the Swedish DIY e-commerce platform company Tictail. “We didn’t build Tictail for one store. We built it for thousands and eventually millions of stores. In order to build a top-tier service that could scale for that, we needed best in breed monitoring and Pingdom was a natural choice.”

Products that people will buy

Are businesses really giving people what they need? The handing over of power to your connected audience will give you products that people actually will buy.

Build your site like a Ferrari

You don’t want a slow site. So how to make its engine roar? First of all, you need to have a better understanding of how the loading process works.

Harness the power of the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) will give birth to new demand. Retailers and manufacturers will undergo digital transformations and develop new business models. And now, the IoT takes a huge leap into the future with a modular paving system that could produce more clean and renewable energy than a country uses as a whole.

New locations added to Pingdom Tools

We’re happy to announce that we’ve added three new locations to our Full Page Test on our Pingdom Tools; San Jose (USA), Stockholm (Sweden), and Melbourne (Australia). You can now run a full page test from no less than six different locations.

Peter’s not pleased with your site

As a website owner, you have 100 percent control over your site, plus a substantial amount of control over the first and middle mile of the network your pages travel over. But when it comes to the last few feet – matters are no longer in your hands. When people are unhappy with how fast a page is loading, the number one target for their blame is the site – not their equipment.

The day when the BBC’s web empire went down

Networking issues left the BBC’s online services completely inaccessible for what must have been the longest hour in some BBC employees lives. Engineers worked hard to fix issues and return the website to its previous state. And it took over five hours to fully recover.

Speed – an even more essential part of Google’s search ranking?

Google is testing a Slow label right now and it appears to be visible to some mobile Android users. It clearly signals that Google is taking web performance seriously, especially mobile. Site owners would be wise to identify performance problem areas by getting actual visibility into how actual users view their pages. We recommend using Pingdom’s Real User Monitoring.

The Next Generation of Geek Girls

There’s an annual conference in Sweden, organized solely for female students in tech, called DataTjej (roughly translated “Data Girl” or “Geek Girl” if you will). Its purpose is to promote the tech industry to female students on computer engineer programmes at Swedish universities. Hosted at the prestigious Chalmers University in Gothenburg last week, we went to meet the next generation of geeks.

Getting started with alerts

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 go through a basic setup of alerting so you can make sure you get the right notifications right on time.

A day at the university

We attended Mälardalens högskola’s biggest annual initiative where students and future employers get an opportunity to meet. After all, with more than 13,000 students — and a computer engineer programme — we’re bound to meet some future colleagues, right?