Take out the Hassle with Recurring Performance Tests
The march of innovation continues here at Zoompf! First announced less than 2 months ago, the new WPO beta represented a huge leap forward in the usability of our commercial product and offered many great new features including waterfall charts, site content rollups, third party analysis, new mobile testing options, and a heck of a lot more under the hood. Then, at the end of June we announced another major new feature with our historical snapshot and competitor comparison tools, allowing you to perform a detailed performance comparison of any 2 snapshots in your account.
Today, I’m proud to announce another great new feature: Recurring Performance Tests!
Recurring Performance Tests
Put simply, a recurring test is a performance test that runs automatically for you, once per day. It’s a great way for you to track the progress of your site optimization efforts over time, without the hassle of logging in every day to capture a snapshot.
To enable a recurring test (Zoompf WPO commercial customers only), log into your Performance Test results page and select those tests you wish to be recurring, then click the Set Recurring toolbar button.
This will then update each impacted test with a message indicating it’s now on a recurring test schedule (running once per day). You can still manually rerun these tests at any time. In addition, in your snapshot history page you can clearly see which tests were run manually versus which ran automatically on a recurring schedule:
Over time these recurring snapshots will be automatically cleaned out to prevent your historical results from getting too noisy, according to this algorithm:
- Every snapshot less than 1 month old will always be kept.
- One snapshot per week will be kept if older than 1 month.
- One snapshot per month will be kept if older than 3 months.
- Manually run snapshots are never automatically deleted.
Note that your account will have an upper limit on the maximum number of recurring tests you can set (identified at the top of your Performance Test Results page) so make sure you are judicious in which tests you choose to automate.
For users familiar with our legacy monitoring system in WPO Classic, you will now need to migrate over to the recurring tests in the new interface. Unfortunately we could not automatically migrate your historical monitoring settings since there are now so many great new options available for you to configure with the new Performance Test system. We have, however, preserved your monitor history so you can continue to review historic trends. If you have any questions on this, feel free to contact us.
Recurring Tests is a great new addition to the Zoompf Web Performance Optimizer beta, and we look forward to hearing your feedback on how this feature is working for you and how we can continue to improve. We have more great improvements underway and can’t wait to make further announcements in the coming weeks!