DebugBear takes just a few seconds to start using. You literally point it at a URL you want to watch, and it’ll start watching it. You install nothing.
It’ll start running tests, and you’ve immediately got performance charts you can start looking at that are tracked over time, not just one-offs.
I’ve got full Lighthouse reports right in there, showing me stuff I really need to work on.
Another great thing: DebugBear will email you (or send a Slack message) when you have regressions. So, even though the charts are amazing, it’s not like you have to log in every time to see what’s up. You can also set very clear performance budgets to test against:
Break a performance budget? You’ll be notified:
Want to compare across different areas/pages of your site? (You can log in to them before you test them, by the way.) Or compare yourself to competitors to make sure you aren’t falling behind? No problem, monitor those too:
Testing production is a very good thing. It’s measuring reality and you can get started quickly. But it can also be a very good thing to measure things before they become a problem. You know how you get deploy previews on services like Netlify and Vercel? Well, DebugBear has integrations built just for for services like Netlify and Vercel.
Now, when you’ve got a Pull Request with a deploy preview, you can see right on GitHub if the metrics are in-line.
peformance.mark metrics, or do other navigation. 🎉
$79/mo, and that’s for the lowest tier. These tools look great but they are aimed at fortune 500’s, not us freelancers out there.
There’s an $8 plan in there (140 tests per month) for the record.
For me this seems wayyyyy too expensive.
And im not even sure why this would be needed at all to be honest with all the free tools out there.
Mmm agreed. Seems like a great paid tool, really liked the article, strong overview.
But even at $8 for 140 tests/mo, it does’t feel worth it for individuals (I haven’t tested it myself so… Grain of salt).
This got me curious about some of the best free alternatives? Even best alternative paid could be interesting
(cheaper or not, curiosity is key)
I know of the built-ins, pagespeed/lighthouse and their respective online versions already, which aren’t always as specific or even helpful (they’re not too bad tho!)
Really we got interesting and important information from this.