Introducing Beacon: Measure Your CMS’ Startup Time

After a really long time in development, we have released a new Beacon feature and metric.

Beacon Metrics
Beacon Metrics

The Beacon is a blank, HTML file, living in your website root and is used for calculating the time to first byte – or the First Response Time (FID) – excluding the server software (e.g. PHP), any database connection (e.g. MySQL, MariaDB) and any content management system (e.g. WordPress, Drupal, Craft CMS).

This metric will give you an indication of how heavy and slow everything is.

For example, PHP can be configured for faster response times by updating it to the latest version and by tweaking any available PHP variables in your hosting control panel or your php.ini file.

Likewise, the database can be optimized and trimmed/cleaned to improve connection time.

Last, but not least, the CMS (e.g. WordPress) can be configured and tweaked for performance.

The Beacon values, combined with the Site Assets audit, will help in taking an informed decision on where to start optimizing. Based on these values, you could improve the CMS startup time by up to 800% (in extreme cases).

Beacon Evolution
Beacon Evolution

In addition to measuring the raw connection speed, we are storing the values so you have full control over changes and detect when a certain change (website update, CMS update, server change) affected the loading times.

The Beacon feature is stil in alpha mode, as it needs some tweaking, but all collected information will be available retroactively with no action on your part. Also, another reason for the alpha mode is the lack of in-depth technical documentation, tips and tricks. We are hard at work generating all the required know-how, tips, tricks and technical information.

Added by Ciprian on Thursday, November 12, 2020 in Blog, Updates

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