What is a RUM Check?

There are lots of statistics, numbers and measurables associated with websites, but many are foreign to the average person. After all, business owners are likely more invested in running a business opposed to learning each and every web traffic term, but there is one they should make sure to know: RUM checks.

RUM stands for real user monitoring and is called a “passive” form of monitoring where an organization copies the traffic that comes to their site. That information can be used to troubleshoot performance problems after they occurred, allowing owners to take that information to make changes to a site.

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RUM reports record all user interaction with a website or client. Opposed to synthetically creating traffic, these reports are based on data from real users. Operators can determine if users are being served quickly and without error. They can also see what parts may be failing or causing larger problems.

Organizations use RUM to test website applications or changes prior to deployment, looking for errors during development. Changes to a website or a large backend technology shift can also be tested, ensuring that sites are running at peak efficiency at all times.

RUM Reports at Uptime.com

Uptime.com customers get RUM reports as part of their different packages. The number and frequency of reports changes based on the type of package, but they are an extra way that website operators can monitor their site traffic.

Website downtime can be incredibly costly. It can cost a business both immediately in terms of lost sales, or long term as potential customers may be turned away. By doing RUM checks, organizations can see exactly how real users interact with their site. This data is valuable in keeping sites optimized.

By catching errors quickly and having information on how they happened, organizations can fix them faster, but also potentially avoid problems before they start. Downtime is never good, but with RUM reports from Uptime.com, your organization can hopefully help avoid it.

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