Home page Drag Race

I’ve created a set of video’s highlighting the page load time differences of a selection of NZ top websites.

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Its a drag race, lets see who can claim bragging rights????


  • The videos show download times from the US using a “broadband” IE 7.
  • The page load times in NZ are faster, but this gives you an idea of which sites are faster.
  • Sites are finished loading when they turn gray.
  • The latency of connection from the US plays havoc with advertising page components causing some pages to take longer to complete.
  • The page rendering of dynamic components also seems to load slowly.
  • All the videos are made using the visualĀ comparisonĀ on webpagetest.org.

News sites

  • Winner: Scoop 13.5 seconds
  • First readable page: Stuff 4.3 seconds.
  • Slowest page: Stuff 40.5 seconds * Due to javascript delays


  • Winner: ANZ – 12.9 seconds
  • First readable page: ASB – 5.0 seconds
  • Slowest page: Kiwibank – 30 seconds * Due to flash animation ?

Mobile carriers

  • Winner: Telecom – 7.7 seconds
  • First readable page: Telecom – 5.0 seconds
  • Slowest page: Two Degrees – 21.8 seconds

Auction sites

  • Winner: Trade Me – 10.4 seconds
  • First readable page: Trade Me – 3.5 seconds
  • Slowest page: Sella – 10.5 seconds

2 Responses to “Home page Drag Race”

  1. Lorenzo Green Says:

    Great post John.

    Very interesting. I wonder how those results relate to business lost or gained.

  2. Quentin Says:

    It looks like these tests are done from a US connection

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