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Synthetic Monitoring vs. RUM

Chapman Lever

It’s important for both technical and business teams to understand the different web performance monitoring options that are available as well as their various use cases and the benefits of each. Let’s start with a brief definition of two of the more prominent web performance methodologies: synthetic monitoring and real user monitoring (also known as RUM). Synthetic Monitoring. Synthetic monitoring vendors provide a remote (often global) infrastructure that visits a...

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Web Perfectionist 101: HTTP Compression

Jennifer Carlson

HTTP Compression is the topic of this week's Web Perfectionist 101 series episode.  Learn quick fixes in this video guide.  Want to address your HTTP compression? Start your Rigor trial today! Watch below or click here.

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In this third installment of Web Perfectionist 101, Rigor's Billy Hoffman explains how to convert GIFs to MP4 to increase web performance. Simple changes can have huge impact on the weight of a page and the user experience that your clients perceive when they visit your site. Learn tips to quick fixes in this quick guide.  If you're interested in improving your web performance optimizations, try Rigor now.

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How to Organize Your Synthetic Monitoring Tool

Kathryn O'Day

You bought synthetic monitoring, and you’re well on your way to becoming a #webperfectionist. You can’t wait to dive in and start setting up checks that will give you visibility into performance and will make recommendations on how to improve. You want to configure your account so you can quickly find checks and other users understand what they’re seeing.  You also want the setup to scale if you add more sites, monitors, or complexity; it should be simple to maintain over time.  Lastly, the structure should align with your business g...

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Monitoring Application Health over HTTP

Kyle Conarro

Requesting a static file from a web server is a quick, simple way to monitor application health. If we get a successful response (200), we know that the web server is up. But unless your site is composed of static files, ensuring the availability of the web server is only part of the equation. What if your application stopped running? What if your database is unavailable? Are users able to complete their tasks on your site? To better capture the health of your application, we can build and monitor a more comprehensive health check endpoint....

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Web Performance Optimization at Scale

Landon Bennett

I try to read as many blogs from vendors in the synthetic monitoring space as possible, both to learn and to stay in touch with what our competition is doing. One thing that I’ve noticed is that there’s a vast amount of helpful content on how to optimize your website. There are articles that go into how to optimize images, compress files, implement lazy load, and optimize third party tags. What's interesting about all of these tips and best practices is that they’re incredibly manual processes that require data from a large slew of too...

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New Feature: Enhanced Threshold Monitors

William Montgomery

A common request from Rigor users is more granular control of alerting criteria for Real Browser Checks. We already provided the ability to specify a maximum page load time threshold via Threshold Monitors, and today we are extending that feature to include even more metric and comparison options. We grouped the metrics into three categories: page, error, and resource. Page metrics include the following: Server time DOM load time Page load time Page size Error metrics are aggregated over all reso...

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