How are World Cup Websites Coping?
By Daniel Hunter
With the World Cup well and truly underway, Keynote, the mobile, internet and cloud performance specialist, has been monitoring the sites of international football associations and FIFA World Cup sponsors, to assess the online performance offered during the competition.
Since the start of the World Cup up until Friday last week (12th June to 20th June), Keynote found that, on average, most homepages struggled to load content and a select few football association sites experienced issues loading their homepage.
Despite this, the overall average availability for the football sponsor and football association homepages looked strong, at 98.88% and 97.18% respectively.
On average, the football association homepages took more than 10 seconds to load and the sponsor homepages took more than five seconds. Only two sites of the 44 monitored loaded in less than the recommended two seconds; FIFA World Cup sponsor Castrol was by far the quickest, at 1.6 seconds, followed by Brazilian World Cup sponsor Itau, at 1.78 seconds.
Italy’s football association homepage took 16.9 seconds — visitors are unlikely to wait this long for a site to load content.
In terms of average availability, football sponsor site MasterCard was the only site to achieve 100% availability. In comparison, the USA’s football association homepage achieved a load success rate of only 83.43%, which means that nearly 20% of the time, online users visiting the site struggled to gain access. Similarly, Italy’s football association homepage achieved a load success rate of only 89.55%.
“We are now well into the World Cup competition and, although it’s great to see that most sites are loading successfully, their priority should now be... continued on page two >