Performance Analyser, our real-browser performance testing tool, has seen a lot of changes over the past few months, including scripted sessions, custom network speeds, Speed Index, device profiles and the Performance Heatmap.
The latest update is all about making Performance Analyser easier to use. It also brings the interface for Performance Analyser into line with the new look for our synthetic monitoring solution.
A new user interface
The main navigation is now at the top of the page, with Settings and Support accessed via a drop-down on the right:
Configuring jobs and reports
When configuring a job, you’ll find that mandatory fields are marked with asterisks. We’ve also improved the validation feedback, so that if something is entered incorrectly, it’s much easier to see why:
Once a test has run, job level reports are more easily configured, with the settings for the By Size And Speed graphs more conveniently placed:
When you drill through to a specific test result, you’ll get an improved summary in a new box at the top of the page. For instance, all the timing metrics are grouped together on the right-hand side:
Hover over the VIEW DETAILS icons to see the network conditions or device profile used for a test:
As the new Performance Heatmap has proved so popular, we’ve added a new icon so you can get straight to the report from the job results page. The new icon sits next to the ones for filmstrip and video:
The Speed Analysis report
As before, you can access the Speed Analysis report by clicking on the chart icon from the main results page. We’ve now changed this icon from a bar chart to a line chart, which better reflects what you get in the report:
The Speed Analysis chart can be used to plot how a variety of metrics, such as download duration, Speed Index or visually complete, vary over time. It also helps you identify outliers, allowing you to drill down to more detailed results.
This is particularly useful for seeing how you compare against your competitors. For example, it makes it easy to see at a glance if your site is slowing down with each release or if your competitors are getting faster.
Use the cog icon to change the options for the chart:
For example, you might want to configure which URLs to display or change the metric from download duration to visually complete:
You can schedule regular tests by clicking on the clock icon from the Templates page:
Once schedules are set up, you can access them from the main menu:
On some pages, you’re able to filter results. The breadcrumb trail and filter options in the new interface have been moved to the top bar to make them easier to find. For example, you can filter the main job list page to show only crawls:
Finally, every page will now include a green ‘Feedback’ tab that you can use to tell us something about the product in general, or perhaps something specific about the page you are looking at.
We hope these changes make Performance Analyser easier to navigate and use, but if you have any feedback, we’ll be delighted to hear from you.