If you’ve ever spent time exploring WebXPRT.com, you may have noticed a line that says, “If you are in East Asia, you can run WebXPRT from our Singapore host,” followed by a hyperlink with Simplified Chinese characters. We realize that some people may not know why we have a WebXPRT mirror host site in Singapore—or how to use it—so today’s post will cover the basics.
When we first released WebXPRT 2013, some users in mainland China reported slow download times when running the benchmark. These slowdowns affected initial page and workload content load times, but not workload execution, which happens locally. As a result, subtest and overall scores were still consistent with expectations for the devices under test, but it took longer than normal for test runs to complete. In response, we set up a mirror host site in Singapore to facilitate WebXPRT testing in China and other East Asian countries. We continued this practice with subsequent WebXPRT versions, and currently offer Singapore-based instances of WebXPRT 4, WebXPRT 3, and WebXPRT 2015.
The default UI language on the Singapore site is Simplified Chinese, but users can opt to change the language to English or German. Apart from a different default language, the WebXPRT mirror instances hosted in Singapore are identical to the instances on the main WebXPRT site. If you test a device on WebXPRT Singapore and WebXPRT.com, you should see similar performance scores from both sites.
We hope that the WebXPRT mirror host site in Singapore will make it easier for people in East Asia to use the benchmark. Do you find the site useful? If so, we’d love to hear from you! Also, if you encounter any unexpected issues or interruptions while testing, please let us know!
In our last
blog post, we reflected on the 10-year
anniversary of the WebXPRT launch by looking at the consistent
growth in the number of WebXPRT runs over the last decade. Today, we wrap
up our focus on WebXPRT’s anniversary by sharing some data about the
benchmark’s truly global reach.
update the community on some of the reach metrics we track by publishing a new
version of the “XPRTs
around the world” infographic. The metrics include completed test runs,
benchmark downloads, and mentions of the XPRTs in advertisements, articles, and
tech reviews. This information gives us insight into how many people are using
the XPRT tools, and publishing the infographic helps readers and community
members see the impact the XPRTs are having around the world.
WebXPRT is our
most widely used benchmark by far, and is responsible for much of the XPRT’s
global reach. Since February 2013, users have run WebXPRT more than 1,176,000
times. Those test runs took place in over 924 cities located in 81 countries on
six continents. Some interesting new locations for completed WebXPRT runs
include Rajarampur, Bangladesh; Al Muharraq, Bahrain; Manila, The Philippines;
Skopje, Macedonia; and Ljubljana, Slovenia.
that WebXPRT has proven to be a useful and reliable performance evaluation tool
for so many people in so many geographically distant locations. If you’ve ever
run WebXPRT in a country that is not highlighted in the “XPRTs around the
world” infographic, we’d love to hear
In our last blog post, we celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the WebXPRT launch by looking back on the WebXPRT team’s accomplishments over the last decade. The incremental steps and milestone improvements we discussed all contributed to carving out a lasting place for WebXPRT in the benchmarking world and helped to grow its reputation for being a reliable, effective, and easy to use measurement tool.
WebXPRT’s growth is most evident when we look at the rising number of completed test runs over the last 10 years. Since the first WebXPRT launch in 2013, we’ve seen a steady increase in the number of tests people are running. To put the increase in perspective, we had more runs last month alone (17,300) than we recorded in the first 10 months that WebXPRT was available (11,984).
That growth has helped
us to reach and surpass the million-run mark, but the most exciting aspect of
seeing a consistent increase in WebXPRT testing is the knowledge that the
benchmark is proving to be useful to more people in more places around the
world. In our next blog post, we’ll discuss WebXPRT’s truly global reach and
some of the surprising cities and countries where people have been using it to
test their gear.
We’re grateful for all the testers that have helped WebXPRT grow during the last decade. If you have any questions or comments about using WebXPRT, let us know!
We’re excited to
announce that it’s been 10 years since the initial launch of WebXPRT! In early
2013, we introduced WebXPRT as a unique browser performance benchmark in a market
space that was already crowded with a variety of specialized measurement tools.
Our goal was to offer a benchmark that could compare the performance of almost
any web-enabled device, using scenarios created to mirror real-world tasks. We
wanted it to be a free, easily accessible, easy-to-run, useful, and appealing
testing option for OEM labs, vendors, and the tech press.
When we look back on
the last 10 years of WebXPRT, we can’t help but conclude that our efforts have
been successful. Since those early days, the WebXPRT market presence has grown
from humble beginnings into a worldwide industry standard. Hundreds of tech
press publications have used WebXPRT in thousands of articles and reviews, and testers
have now run the benchmark well over 1.1 million times.
Below, I’ve listed
some of the WebXPRT team’s accomplishments over the last decade. If you’ve been
following WebXPRT from the beginning, this may all be familiar, but if you’re
new to the community, it may be
interesting to see some of the steps that contributed to making WebXPRT what it
In future blog posts, we’ll look at how the number of WebXPRT runs has grown over time, and how WebXPRT use has grown among OEMs, vendors, and the tech press worldwide. Do you have any thoughts that you’d like to share from your WebXPRT testing experience? If so, let us know!
February 28, 2013 was
a momentous day for the BenchmarkXPRT Development Community. On that day, we
published a press release announcing the official launch of the first version
of the WebXPRT benchmark, WebXPRT 2013. As difficult as it is for us to
believe, the 10-year anniversary of the initial WebXPRT launch is in just a few
We introduced WebXPRT
as a truly unique browser performance benchmark in a field that was already
crowded with a variety of measurement tools. Since those early days, the WebXPRT
market presence has grown from a small foothold into a worldwide industry
standard. Over the years, hundreds of tech press publications have used WebXPRT
in thousands of articles and reviews, and the WebXPRT completed-runs counter
rolled over the 1,000,000-run mark.
New web technologies
are continually changing the way we use the web, and browser-performance
benchmarks should evaluate how well new devices handle the web of today, not
the web of several years ago. While some organizations have stopped development
for other browser performance benchmarks, we’ve had the opportunity to continue
updating and refining WebXPRT. We can look back at each of the four major
iterations of the benchmark—WebXPRT 2013, WebXPRT 2015, WebXPRT 3, and WebXPRT 4—and
see a consistent philosophy and shared technical lineage contributing to a product
that has steadily improved.
As we get closer to the 10-year anniversary of WebXPRT next year, we’ll be sharing more insights about its reach and impact on the industry, discussing possible future plans for the benchmark, and announcing some fun anniversary-related opportunities for WebXPRT users. We think 2023 will be the best year yet for WebXPRT!
We’re excited to see that users have successfully completed over 1,000,000 WebXPRT runs! If you’ve run WebXPRT in any of the 924 cities and 81 countries from which we’ve received complete test data—including newcomers Bahrain, Bangladesh, Mauritius, The Philippines, and South Korea —we’re grateful for your help. We could not have reached this milestone without you!
As the chart below illustrates, WebXPRT use has grown steadily since the debut of WebXPRT 2013. On average, we now record more WebXPRT runs in one month than we recorded in the entirety of our first year. With over 104,000 runs so far in 2022, that growth is continuing.
For us, this moment represents more than a numerical milestone. Developing and maintaining a benchmark is never easy, and a cross-platform benchmark that will run on a wide variety of devices poses an additional set of challenges. For such a benchmark to succeed, developers need not only technical competency, but the trust and support of the benchmarking community. WebXPRT is now in its ninth year, and its consistent year-over-year growth tells us that the benchmark continues to hold value for manufacturers, OEM labs, the tech press, and end users like you. We see it as a sign of trust that folks repeatedly return to the benchmark for reliable performance metrics. We’re grateful for that trust, and for everyone that’s contributed to the WebXPRT development process throughout the years.
We’ll have more to share related to this exciting milestone in the weeks to come, so stay tuned to the blog. If you have any questions or comments about WebXPRT, we’d love to hear from you!