Oct 18-19, 2019  ·  San Antonio, TX
Texas Camp 2019

Historical Page Load Time Monitoring Using WebPageTest and Drupal

Skill Level
Saturday 10/19/2019

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Studies show that page load times directly impact business revenue. Longer wait times result in higher bounce rates, which lead to fewer customers. Free performance monitoring services, such as WebPageTest, allow web teams to measure load times on URLs in real-time to provide rich diagnostic information to identify potential causes of slowness. Drupal can be used for aggregating this data over time to generate historical reports to identify overall trends, and highlight specific system changes that have impacted page load times, both positively and negatively.

This session will:

  • Introduce fundamental concepts for performance monitoring
  • Demonstrate how to set up Drupal for historical performance monitoring
  • Provide a case study of Rackspace aggregating nearly two years worth of performance data to make data-driven decisions for optimizing page load times for our customers
  • Provide a project roadmap

What you will need for this session:

  • Basic understanding of Drupal
  • Basic understanding of general web technologies
  • A willingness to have a much faster website than your competitors
David Stinemetze

David is a software development manager at Rackspace in San Antonio, TX with over a decade of Drupal experience and is a maintainer for several Drupal modules, including Akamai, dataLayer, Web Page Archive, Accessibility Scanner and Performance Budget.

He is also an organizer of the San Antonio Drupal User Group.

When he's not writing code, he can be found playing one of his many musical instruments, enjoying a football game with friends or having exciting adventures with his three-year-old.