How to identify IE Add-Ons such as Skype that impact Web Site Performance
Why these Add-Ons are slow?
How to identify slow Add-Ons?
I enabled the Skype Add-On and went to Yellow Pages searching for dynaTrace in the Boston Area. When the page is fully loaded Skype starts parsing the DOM and then modifies every phone number it finds so that I can just click on the number and call it via Skype:
The result page of Yellow Pages was not too big and it only contained a handful of identified telephone numbers. But still – even on this smaller page it took a noticeable amount of time from the point where the page seemed to be loaded till the phone numbers showed up. I also noticed that the page was not interactive during that time. Using dynaTrace AJAX Edition shows me what is happening on on that page from the time I entered the URL till it got modified by Skype:
By looking at the timeline and correlating the CPU Utilization to the other browser activities we can easily tell if there is something else going on in the browser that is not directly triggered by our web site.
Any other Add-Ons that cause you problems?
Developer Tools that Add-On to the Browser are another source of problems. Usually they don’t impact performance when you are not explicitly using them – but it is definitely worth disabling them while you don’t need them. I am interested in other Add-Ons that you have identified as being problematic. Let me know by posting a comment on this blog.