Monday, July 2, 2012

Test Your Website Performance with HttpWatch

An interesting problem came up today where I needed to test the performance of a webimage site. The site would take longer than 30 seconds to display the initial page, then it would take longer than 20 seconds to load a link per click. I needed something to help me display what was happening, network-wise, when I was trying to test out the site’s performance. Since I couldn’t PING the site, I needed to test out some things against HTTP and HTTPS. My colleague told me to try out the free version of HttpWatch and see if that got me what I needed. Sure enough, it did! HttpWatch is now on my list of must-have I.T. Pro tools.

There is simply too much to talk about the tool here on this blog, but I used the free HttpWatch Basic Edition to test out the performance issues on my site. I was able to test the performance, then export the test data to a PDF.

I don’t have a huge need for the advanced features, but I can see how this would be an indispensible tool for coders and web developers. Check out the website for a full list of features and for a link to the download for the free edition. If the free edition suits your needs, it may be worth buying the Pro version. Enjoy!

- Joe