WebWait is a useful tool for determining how slow your web site feels to your site visitors.
You can tell WebWait how many times to load the web page, and how long to wait between web page loads.
This tool really shows the effects of building large pages. The NetBuilders home page now takes an average of 7.06 seconds for WebWait to load. That's considerably longer than when we had a much smaller front page.
The numbers can't be used for comparisons with actual real-world load times. Even from Singapore, the NetBuilders home page doesn't take anywhere near 7.06 seconds for me to load. Instead, the numbers can be used to compare with your competing web sites and with different versions of your own pages.
It's useful, but it's not perfect.