When we talk about website outages, we usually think of when something really big happens, like when Facebook goes down or when an error in code took AWS Eastern US servers offline for hours. In reality, website incidents and outages are happening all the time. In fact, we registered over 225 outages in the time it took to write these three sentences.
Having celebrated its 4th birthday this year, we decided our live map needed a makeover. We’ve used the opportunity to share all of the additional data we are able to collect today, like what browsers Internet users are using and from what device they are browsing from. Check it out!
Real user data is more important than ever
Nowadays, making sure your website is available and accessible is a given. But making sure that your visitors have the best possible experience is equally important: websites perform and appear differently on different browsers. Having a website look the same across browsers and devices has been an ongoing issue for designers all over the world.
More often than not, delivering a high-quality site experience means identifying what device and browser your visitors use and ensuring that your website appears and functions as intended.
Knowing what browsers and devices your visitors use is crucial
It goes without saying that checking your website in multiple browsers is crucial to delivering the best possible site experience to your visitors. Have you ever noticed that websites can look different depending on if you load it in Chrome or Edge? Having a website totally optimized for a Safari browser means little if the majority of your visitors browse from Chrome. Sadly, you have no control over which browser your visitor chooses to use but you can monitor which browsers your most vital visitors use and optimize your site accordingly.
The same applies for devices: the best sites are optimized for cross-device browsing, whether it be from a laptop, tablet or mobile phone. By understanding who your visitors are and how they visit your site, you can increase on-site engagement and conversions as well as lower abandonment rates.
Our updated live map allows you to see the State of the Internet today, from how many outages we’ve detected in the last hour, most common error messages to what devices and browsers Internet users are using.
Our mission is to make the Internet faster and more reliable and with this map, we hope to bring to attention just how easily your websites, servers and applications can go down.