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    How can I test my website's performance (load time) with different connection speeds and types as would be experienced by new visitors? Thanks!

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    try out

    http://www.netmechanic.com or http://www.websitegarage.com

    run the 1 page free test

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    Connectivity is extremely variable. Whether you have anything from a 28.8 modem to cable, all sorts of conditions -- ranging from those on the backbone to congestion on your ISP -- can affect the load speed dramatically.

    It's not at all unusual, for instance, to see a 56K modem on an average ISP connect at only 33.6 or so... and one flaky node between your visitor and your site can completely fudgmuggle the speed.

    It's generally better practice to calculate the total load of the page, and then run the numbers against different baud rates.

    As for site tools that purport to measure this for you, I've found them wrong as often as right, so use them with caution. Many do not properly inventory all of the resources on your page -- such as any lengthy externalized .js scripts, Java applets and their associated resources, ActiveX controls, embedded sound files, and so on.


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