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Uptrends' Full Page Check (FPC) monitor type provides detailed performance data about your web page on an element-by-element basis. If you select the enhanced FPC (also called Full Page Check +) the FPC monitor also gives you information about your third-party elements. For more information about setting up the FPC or FPC+ monitor types, check out the Uptrends Academy's lesson on Website Performance Monitors.

Note: You can use a Full Page Check to monitor other user environments like mobile by adjusting the (user agent).

How a Full Page Check works

Just like Real Browser Checks, an FPC loads your page using an actual browser, and downloads each element (scripts, CSS, third-party elements, images). The difference between an FPC and the Real Browser Check (RBC) is that the FPC displays a rich waterfall chart to inspect those elements. The waterfall report separates out your page elements and reports the time taken for each step including:

  • Resolve,
  • TCP connect,
  • HTTPS handshake,
  • Send,
  • Wait,
  • Receive, and
  • Timeouts.
Note: The standard FPC does monitor your third party elements like plugins for social media and advertising. However, you must enable Enhanced FPC, i.e., Full Page Check +, to be able to report on those elements.

What is the difference between a Full Page Check and the Full Page Check Plus?

You may have noticed, you can't pick Full Page Check Plus from the Type box when creating a monitor. The FPC+ is an FPC monitor with one difference—the Upgrade to enhanced FPC check box is selected in the Details section on the Main tab for the monitor. This check box tells Uptrends that you want to retrieve and track your third party elements, and it enables you to identify quickly the source for your element types using domain groups. For information about understanding and setting up your domain groups, see Working with domain groups.

Enhanced FPC

Note: Curious about the difference between basic checks and real browser checks? Learn the difference.