Rayos Site Performance Goals

TownNews strives to make sure our servers, software and code are running optimally and are performing to industry standards. However, there are many entities and processes that impact site speed, including your own editorial practices as well as choices over how many third party integrations are included in your site. Below is an overview of our testing protocols and how we determine if a site is performing to our current performance goals.

If a site is over the baseline/acceptable range, investigation may find that a third party or editorial practice is severely impacting the performance. In those cases, the customer will need to make determinations on how to proceed.

How We Test Performance

Tools: TownNews uses the tools at webpagetest.org to determine, test and improve on our performance goals. This tool is supported by Google to test page speed. When testing, we use a server in Dulles VA that tests against the latest versions of IE, Chrome, Firefox, Android and Mac OS.

Metrics: TownNews primarily uses the webpagetest.org “speed index” as its primary metric to determine page performance for a site on our network. The Speed Index is the rate that the visual page has finished displaying on the page. Other processes may continue to run after that point, but the end user would see a finished page.

Goals

Page Protocol Speed Index Goals For First View*
Homepage Average speed index over 3 runs. Target Goal: 3.0 and under
Baseline/Acceptable Range: 3.0-5.0
Incident Threshold: 5.0 and above
Three Article Pages Average speed index of 3 articles  Target Goal: 3.0 and under
Baseline/Acceptable Range: 3.0-5.0
Incident Threshold: 5.0 and above

*Site speed index is provided by webpagetest.org in milliseconds. Convert the site speed index to seconds to determine where it falls within the TownNews site speed goals.