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Best way to get the best results
07-29-2010, 03:02 AM (This post was last modified: 07-29-2010 06:40 AM by pmeenan.)
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RE: Best way to get the best results
You really only have 2 options:

1 - Measure your actual user performance (using something like boomerang - )

2 - Run actual tests from the various locations you are interested in. WebPagetest has some of the locations covered but not all. You need to be careful to use reasonable consumer connectivity when testing (so be careful using a service that has test machines connected to the backbone). Make sure to run several tests (at least 10) to get a solid baseline from each location and eliminate any outliers.

Measuring the field performance is the best way to gauge what your customers are actually seeing but the results can vary quite a bit and you don't have any control over the conditions. The synthetic testing will produce more consistent results for comparison but may not represent exactly what your user base is seeing.

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RE: Best way to get the best results - pmeenan - 07-29-2010 03:02 AM

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