We’re happy to announce two new features that many of you have been asking for: custom dashboards and the ability to specify connection speed for your tests.
If you’re monitoring the speed of a few urls, the default “All Urls” dashboard works just great. But once you get more than 10 urls on a single graph it’s hard to see the performance trends easily. With custom dashboards you can choose specific urls to show up on a dashboard that groups them together:
This is especially helpful when you want to group specific sites together under one account, or keep an eye on your competitors without having it averaged into your other urls.
We’re still working on setting these up so they can be emailed to you as a weekly dashboard, instead of the entire account’s All Urls dashboard.
The next most-requested feature has been the ability to choose the connection speed of the testing. Previously all tests were run at a default ‘Cable’ connection speed. Starting today you can choose between various other connection speeds:
- Dialup (0.049/0.030 Mbps)
- DSL (1.5/0.384 Mbps)
- Cable (5/1 Mbps)
- FIOS (20/5 Mbps)
- Mobile 3G (1.6/0.7 Mbps)
- Mobile 4G (9/9 Mbps)
- Mobile LTE (12/12 Mbps)
- Native (No Traffic Shaping)
These are especially handy when you’re running tests meant for mobile – be sure to choose one of the three mobile connections speeds so you can best simulate the real load time of your mobile traffic.
The speeds listed in parentheses are the download and upload speeds, respectively.
You’ll notice a new connection speed graph in your url overviews:
It’s important to keep in mind that while your connection may be fast, most of the internet is still using older technology. It’s best to look at the connection speeds used by your audience (Google Analytics has a report for this) and choose those connection speeds.