Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Monitis Monitoring Dashboard to Convert from Flash to Open-Source HTML5

As a SaaS provider of IT management, Monitis has always been committed to making its interface as fast and user-friendly as possible. Given increasing concern surrounding the problems with Flash (battery drain, not open-source, and security vulnerabilities), Monitis was already sensitive to the issue.

The results from a recent user survey showed that Monitis users want faster-loading, non-flash charts, Monitis realized that the time had come to make the switch.

The new open-source HTML5 charts will load much faster and contain more interactive features. These new charts will be based on open-source Flot, a pure JavaScript plotting library for jQuery.

Latency of the Page Load Can be Fixed

Low page load times result in lost sales – and in Mozilla’s case, for its advertisers.  "Let’s start with the punchline: By making a few minor tweaks to our top landing pages, we can drive an additional 60,000,000 Firefox downloads per year", they say at the blog.  Research has shown that an 8 second load time (4 seconds above the optimal load time of 4 seconds) can result in a visitor loss of up to 75.75%.

Latency of page load is a real problem these days, but the good news is that there are ways to find out what’s working and what isn’t. And then you can take action. For instance, Monitis offers a monitoring service that tests the speed of full page loads.

By tracking the page load times of each individual image, CSS, JavaScripts, RSS, Flash and frames/iframes, the tool shows stats on the total number of objects, the size of each object, and load time for a web page. An easy-to-view format (in multi-color bar graphs) shows in load order or in a hierarchy.

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