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Anonymous asked in Computers & InternetProgramming & Design · 2 months ago

Is this a bug in the website or are the programmers at my company right when they say it's not a bug?

Where I work my company hosts a website for customers. There's an issue that's gone one for about 3 years and many customers have complained about it. One has even left. The website we host sends out an email to a client with a link in it. A user clicks the link and then its supposed to redirect them to our website. When a customer clicks it, it sometimes takes 5-10 minutes to load. The programmers always so "it's the internet connection for the client, there's nothing we can do". Then clients have checked their internet speed and it's pretty good.

Update:

Or is there not enough info to tell

Update 2:

The programmers always say*

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  • ?
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Random or intermittent problems like that can be extremely difficult to diagnose.  It's quite common for programmers to avoid dealing with issues like this since it can be like searching for a needle in a haystack, but they should put in some statistical logging to see how many people are actually affected by this bug.   I doubt it's the client's internet connection.  Probably related to a congested or poorly implemented database server.  You need to push the upper managers to take it seriously.   I would at least try to get the statistical logging system implemented to see how serious of an issue it really is, since I'm sure many clients don't report it every time.   Managers love statistical reports so I'm sure you will get more traction pushing for that. 

  • 2 months ago

    This is not enough information.

  • i + i
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    You need to gather a bunch of stats on all of the 

    different emails used -- Outlook, gMail, Hotmail, 

    etc. As someone has already mentioned, I bet 

    you're going to find that the ones reporting the 

    worst performance are those using Outlook.

  • keerok
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Five to ten minutes is unacceptable. If a lot of your customers experience it, the problem is definitely on your end. It's either the internet connection or settings of your servers.

  • User
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Not enough info.

    If it in fact does load in five to ten minutes on occasion

    and if it loads much faster for the typical customer

    that suggests that the problem is not DIRECTLY related to the web site.

    If the delayed load happens repeatedly for specific customers

    that suggests that it is hardware or software that they are using

    or their internet connection

    that is the culprit.

    However: it could be

    that it is programmed in such a way

    that a specific combination of software and/or hardware cause the problem

    ***that could be taken into account and remedied at the web site end of things***.

    For example: loading fonts can be very time-consuming for a mobile device

    and so if the web site uses non-standard fonts

    mobile devices, especially those with slow connections and/or slow processors and/or limited RAM

    can take a long time to load a page.

    The solution in that case

    would be to NOT USE fonts that need to load.

    I.e. the example problem

    even though only a problem when using a specific combination of customer (client) hardware

    could be resolved and overcome by programmers at the web site (server) end of things.

  • BigE
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    If the website isn't proprietary, post the site URL.

    Post over what is in the email by hovering over it and copy the link, then

    paste it in.

    There are online tools that will give how long each component takes to load.  You just need the URL.

    5-10 minutes, I'd suspect most of it is not being served correctly.

    Sometimes you need the answer to before you talk to programmers, even though this seems to be more of a networking/operational problem.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    If this happens to customers no matter where they're connecting from, the programmers are wrong to blame the customers' connections. Sounds like it's at the server end, or the handshake between customer's ISP and the server.

    Clearly the company doesn't care enough to find the bug and fix it. That says a lot.

  • martin
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    For every 50 programmers, there is usually only one who knows what he is talking about.

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