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What do you want to see next?
07-02-2010, 06:26 AM
Post: #41
RE: What do you want to see next?
I just remembered a problem I came across for visual comparisons - I can't compare first run with second run (with primed cache) of the same page.

My use-case is obvious - to see how caching affects the speed of rendering.

It would probably be also meaningful to allow to compare two cached versions of different pages (e.g. dev vs. production) too.

I hope it's easy to do - it looks like images are already collected (filmstrips are different for them) and it's just a matter of providing the user interface.
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07-02-2010, 08:17 AM
Post: #42
RE: What do you want to see next?
(07-02-2010 06:26 AM)Sergey Chernyshev Wrote:  I just remembered a problem I came across for visual comparisons - I can't compare first run with second run (with primed cache) of the same page.

My use-case is obvious - to see how caching affects the speed of rendering.

It would probably be also meaningful to allow to compare two cached versions of different pages (e.g. dev vs. production) too.

I hope it's easy to do - it looks like images are already collected (filmstrips are different for them) and it's just a matter of providing the user interface.

Well, there's "can't" and there's "can't through the current UI" ;-) (like you noticed).

You can actually get them compared in the UI but it requires specifying things manually on the url. If you look at the URL in the filmstrip view, there is a list of comma separated tests. Each one of those tests can have some options specified that will let you specify which exact run you want to use, a specific label and if you want the first view or repeat view.

An example is probably helpful: http://www.webpagetest.org/video/compare...eat%20View

-r:X will let you specify a run (where X is the run)
-l:Label will let you specify a label to use
-c:X will let you specify first (X=0) or repeat (X=1) view

The only thing missing is figuring out how to present it to the user for them to select without confusing them (UI was never my strong suit).
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08-18-2010, 03:48 AM
Post: #43
RE: What do you want to see next?
hi Pat,

I have a suggestion: detect the geo location (using IP address) of the visitor on webpagetest.org and use this to determine the selected/default test location.

When going through the test history, I often see a test run from Dulles first and then from Amsterdam, for Dutch websites.
Obviously, the person running the tests realizes he had the wrong location after viewing the Dulles results.

Eg. http://www.webpagetest.org/testlog.php?d....nl&all=on
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08-18-2010, 12:25 PM
Post: #44
RE: What do you want to see next?
I'll take a look and see if I can do something for the default initial setting (once you run a test it remembers your last location setting). The trick will be to do it in a generic way that makes sense for the private installs and can deal with a changing list of locations. Maybe something where I assign each location a set of country codes.

Of course, one reason people may come is to test from a location other than where they are so I may do some research across the tests, requesting IP's and the URL country before deciding to do anything.
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10-06-2010, 06:26 AM
Post: #45
RE: What do you want to see next?
(07-02-2010 08:17 AM)pmeenan Wrote:  Well, there's "can't" and there's "can't through the current UI" ;-) (like you noticed).

You can actually get them compared in the UI but it requires specifying things manually on the url. If you look at the URL in the filmstrip view, there is a list of comma separated tests. Each one of those tests can have some options specified that will let you specify which exact run you want to use, a specific label and if you want the first view or repeat view.

An example is probably helpful: http://www.webpagetest.org/video/compare...eat%20View

-r:X will let you specify a run (where X is the run)
-l:Label will let you specify a label to use
-c:X will let you specify first (X=0) or repeat (X=1) view

The only thing missing is figuring out how to present it to the user for them to select without confusing them (UI was never my strong suit).

This is incredible!! Smile I'm on my knees! Once again - thank you very much.
Until now I was writing scripts to automate httpwatch to compare the first and the next visit. You have made my life much, much easier.

Regarding thread's topic:
- besides scheduling tests the great enhancement would be support for other browsers. Firefox and chrome were already mentioned here, but as Opera claims to be the most fast of all, comparing Opera with others on the real websites would be very nice.
- a small enhancement for those who run private installations would be a support for other than 80 port. At least it is partly supported right now, as test machine can download the job from any http port, but unfortunately it can't post results to the other than default http port.

And about the scheduled tests: most of the people who require such option are related somehow with IT world. Probably some of them come from technical teams, so they can manage to install and configure the private installations. Maybe this is possible to introduce on hosted version scheduling only once an hour per domain/url, and those who require more frequent tests will be able to run them on privately hosted versions?

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Wojciech
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10-06-2010, 06:57 AM
Post: #46
RE: What do you want to see next?
I've been toying with the idea of allowing registered users to schedule a small number of urls for trended testing - I just haven't had time to completely think it through yet (so much to do, so little time).

For the port 80 problem, it's a bug :-) I'll try to get it fixed in the next release since it has bitten quite a few people.

Thanks,

-Pat
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11-08-2010, 12:08 AM (This post was last modified: 11-08-2010 12:09 AM by ctext.org.)
Post: #47
RE: What do you want to see next?
Hi Patrick,

This probably fits under the heading of "custom headers", but one thing which would be fantastically useful to those of us using anything like GeoDNS would be if we could specify an IP address as well as a hostname, bypassing the location-specific DNS result and going straight to the specified server regardless. This would be really useful in confirming which geographical DNS rules actually make sense for an existing setup. I guess it's probably a niche feature... but any chance of a non-UI solution?
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11-08-2010, 12:24 AM
Post: #48
RE: What do you want to see next?
Gotcha covered - http://www.webperformancecentral.com/wik...ing#setDns

Here is an example script: http://www.webperformancecentral.com/wik...S_Override

The original intent was for testing dev or staging sites but it can also be used for what you are looking for.

To use a script you need to put an url in the regulalr field (though it won't be used), select your normal options and then paste a script into the script tab in the advanced section. The commands are tab-delimited so you'll probably want to edit the script in something like notepad and then paste it in.

Thanks,

-Pat
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11-08-2010, 01:10 AM
Post: #49
RE: What do you want to see next?
Fantastic! That's exactly what I was looking for.

This will be immensely helpful in determining the most efficient DNS rules to use.

Thanks so much for this invaluable resource.
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01-04-2011, 04:31 AM
Post: #50
RE: What do you want to see next?
The use of Firefox 3 and 4 and Chrome, next to the IE browsers.
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