Site Load Scouts provides comprehensive statistics when loading a website, including how long it took, what content was loaded, and how fast it was loaded. Using the Site Load Scout, we demonstrate how to take test results and interpret them.
Create a Site Load Scout
- In the Scout overview, click +Create Scout.
- Select the Network tab and provide the following information:
Type. Select Site load.
Hive. Select a Hive from which you want to test.
URL. The URL to test. You need to provide the "http" or "https" at the beginning of the URL.
Run Every: Select how often the test should run.
SSL Verify: Select if the SSL certificate should be verified?
Timeout: Select the timeout in seconds. A test fails if the timeout is reached.
Look for a string in the response. Define a string that you want to look for in the response body.
Success Codes. Select the code/s for a successful HTTP request.
- You can test the Scout before saving it. Select the Hive from which you want to run the test and click Test Now. In our example, the test is successful, as indicated by the Status Code 200.
- Click Next: Alert Policy to set up an alert. In our case, we want to send an email if a test fails. To continue, click Next: Summary and Save Scout to save your Site Load Scout.
Run the first tests
It is now time to wait for the first test results after creating your first Site Load Scout.
The Total Duration widget displays the test results of the last 24 hours. The performance test includes several metrics, so you can hide the results by clicking the relevant metric.
On the Scout Overview page, click the Test widget to see detailed test results. A list of the most recent tests appears here.
Details can be viewed by clicking a test result. Additionally, a screenshot of the website is displayed along with page load statistics.
Filter test results
In the same result window, you can display performance metrics in circle-packing diagrams.
Size by Content Type shows the size of the various content types, such as CSS, HTML, or Images.
Size by Domain displays the content size, sorted by domain.
Time by Content Type separates the loaded content into different types and displays the loading time for each type of content.
You can also fine-tune the search result by viewing which picture took the longest to load. The img-22-gartner-market-guide.jpg file loaded in 1.77 seconds in this example.
Time by Domain shows the loading time of content sorted by domain.
The same window displays information about the loaded content. By clicking the arrow at the end of the line, you can view the Overview of the content. In this example, a font with a size of 117.80 KB was loaded in 1.73 seconds.
You can find more information on the relevant tab. For example, you can see the response sent back from the website in the Response tab.
In this article, you have learned how to create a Site Load Scout and how to use them in your Scoutbees environment.