Uptrends reveals website performance of 30 online newspapers from the United Kingdom

Nobody likes to wait. We do not like to wait for the traffic lights to change, in line at the cash register in the supermarket or before the start of the concert of your favorite artist.

People like to read the news on the Internet because it’s convenient. But what if your newspaper takes more time to load in a web browser than this user anticipates? Then it becomes rather inconvenient and annoying. It is a common scenario where even the regular visitors tend to get frustrated with a webpage which takes longer to load. Studies found out that 47% of people expect a web page to load in two seconds or less and 40% will abandon a web page if it takes more than three seconds to load. By decreasing the website loading times, online newspapers can make sure that the visitors are happy and can increase the chance that these visitors will come back and thus increase the chance on getting more advertisers thus creating more revenue.

State of the top online newspapers from the UK

How well are the websites of the online newspapers from the UK performing? Are they optimized? Are they available? To find out Uptrends web site monitoring conducted an extensive test with 30 popular online newspapers from the UK. During the period from March 28th until April 26th (30 days), Uptrends monitored the homepage of the online newspapers to determine if their websites were available for their readers. The test is conducted from over 100 checkpoints worldwide with a monitoring interval of 5 minutes using Uptrends Website Monitoring software.

Below are the key findings regarding the website availability of 30 online newspapers from the UK:

  • The average uptime for the entire group of 30 websites was 99.83%, which indicates that each website was unavailable for an average time of 73 minutes during the monitored time period.
  • Of the 30 monitored websites, 5 (16.6%) of them did not perform well. Their websites only maintained an average uptime between 97.29% and 99.75%, while 12 (40%) had the best possible performance rating with an uptime of 100%.
  • During the monitored period, the website of The Morning Star was the least available with an inaccessibility of 19 hours and 7 minutes (uptime 97.29%), followed by the Daily Express (uptime 99.16%, downtime 5.9 hours) and Greenock Telegraph (uptime 99.36%, downtime 4.6 hours).
  • During the benchmark, a number of 255052 checks have been conducted which yielded a total of 386 page errors.

Uptrends website monitoring considers a 99.90% uptime to be the industry standard and the minimum required for this kind of websites. In a competitive field as the online newspapers from the UK are acting, their websites need to be available for their readers. By using Uptrends as your website monitoring tool, you are always informed about your websites’ performance and availability. And when it does unexpectedly experience issues, you will be alerted at once so that you can take the required action.

Uptrends Website Monitoring Performance report for 30 Online UK Newspapers during March 28th 2013 – April 26th 2013

 

Website

Uptime (%)

Down time in hours

Down time

# of page errors

1

The Morning Star

97,29

19,1

1147

200

2

Daily Express

99,16

5,9

357

54

3

Greenock Telegraph

99,36

4,6

273

50

4

Evening Times

99,72

2,0

120

24

5

The Herald

99,75

1,7

105

21

6

The Courier

99,90

0,7

43

8

7

The Sunday Sport

99,91

0,6

38

7

8

Evening Telegraph

99,93

0,5

31

6

9

Scotland on Sunday

99,94

0,4

25

4

10

The People

99,97

0,2

12

2

11

The i

99,97

0,2

12

2

12

The Scotsman

99,97

0,2

11

2

13

Daily Record

99,99

0,1

6

1

14

The Guardian

99,99

0,1

6

1

15

Metro

99,99

0,1

5

1

16

Daily Mail

99,99

0,1

5

1

17

The Press and Journal

99,99

0,1

5

1

18

The Sun

99,99

0,1

5

1

19

Daily Mirror

100,00

0,0

0

0

20

Daily Star

100,00

0,0

0

0

21

Daily Star Sunday

100,00

0,0

0

0

22

Evening Express

100,00

0,0

0

0

23

Financial Times

100,00

0,0

0

0

24

Paisley Daily Express

100,00

0,0

0

0

25

The Daily Telegraph

100,00

0,0

0

0

26

The Independent

100,00

0,0

0

0

27

The Mail on Sunday

100,00

0,0

0

0

28

The Observer

100,00

0,0

0

0

29

The Sunday Times

100,00

0,0

0

0

30

The Times

100,00

0,0

0

0

Methodology

Uptrends tested the availability of the front page of each website, at 5 minute intervals, using its full potential of monitoring network with over 100 checkpoints worldwide. If a website was not able to be reached, a second checkpoint from a different location performed another availability check. If the website was still not available, it was defined as an error. During the research period, only the availability of the front page was examined. Scheduled maintenance periods were not factored into these test results. For the period when a website was available, it was registered as uptime. During the period when errors were generated, it was registered as downtime. For the test Uptrends has been using their website monitoring software.