For testing websites that are intended for use in the fields, I often wanted to make your http://localhost feel like on a modem connection. The easiest solution I found is the the Apache module mod_bw.
This is a short setup guide for Ubuntu Webdevelopers that care about their users or everybody who want’s to get an idea about how Internet in large parts of the world feels 🙂
Setup on Ubuntu
- Install the module using for example using
aptitude install libapache2-mod-bw
- Activate the module:
- Insert the following configuration to your virtual host:
BandWidth all 1024
- Restart Apache
- If not done already, you might should also install also the Webdeveloper plugin for
Firefox and choose Web Developer -> Disable -> Disable Cache
Now browsing on http://localhost will be at 1kbyte per second.
Optimize your Website
- Using mod_gzip to compress data
Additional tipps can be found in Yahoo’s Best Practices for Speeding Up Your Web Site.