4RoadService.com Completes a Major Overhaul of Website

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Now Boasts the Fastest Online Truck Repair Directory

Over 50% of our visitors were already on mobile devices, so we wanted to make their experience much better, and while we were at it make the website wicked fast

4RoadService.com has completed a major overhaul of its website to let truck drivers and dispatchers quickly find truck repair services on any web-enabled device. Third-party web performance testing tools show that 4RoadService.com scores better and has a faster load time than any major competitor (attached test results).

4RoadService.com started the redesign project with the goal of freshening up the design, make it fast and easy to find truck repair, and make the website fast and easy to use on all devices including phones, tablets, and desktop computers. “Over 50% of our visitors were already on mobile devices, so we wanted to make their experience much better and, while we were at it, make the website wicked fast” said John Beales, the company’s Vice President and the lead developer. The new design was done with a “mobile-first” philosophy, where every page was designed to work well on a smartphone before being adjusted for cases when the screen being used to use the website is wider. “Since people on mobile devices are the majority of our users, it only made sense to go mobile-first,” said Beales. “Before, mobile users had to go to a separate mobile website with a very stripped-down experience. Now everyone gets the full experience, whether on a phone, tablet, or computer.”

4RoadService.com, based in Montreal, QC, was founded in 2003 by the Brian Telford, a former truck driver turned Safety Director. After building his own database of truck repair providers, he saw there was a need for a user-friendly breakdown directory online and 4RoadService.com was born.

4RoadService.com currently lists over 26,000 truck, tire, & trailer repair shops & mobile units. Access to the directory is available on the web at http://www.4roadservice.com and via the 4RoadService apps for iOS and Android.

Contact:
John Beales
Vice President & Lead Developer

4RoadService.com, Inc.
8457 boulevard Newman, Suite 188
Lasalle, QC, H8N 0A2
Canada

Phone: (514) 908-9719
Email: john(at)4roadservice(dot)com

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4RoadService.com Web Performance Testing Results

We ran the homepage of 4RoadService.com, NTTS Breakdown Directory, TruckDown, and Find Truck Service through three leading performance testing tools:

Google Pagespeed Insights test (https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/)
Yahoo!'s YSlow test (http://yslow.org/ - we used the implementation hosted at https://gtmetrix.com/)
WebPageTest.org's test suite (http://www.webpagetest.org/).

Unless otherwise indicated, these tests are run using a desktop browser.

Test Results:
All tests were conducted Sunday, July 26, 2015.

PageSpeed - Mobile (Higher is better, score out of 100)

4RoadService.com: 85
NTTS: 64
TruckDown: 77
Find Truck Service: 64

PageSpeed - Desktop (Higher is better, score out of 100)

4RoadService.com: 91
NTTS: 66
TruckDown: 90
Find Truck Service: 67

YSlow (Higher is better, score out of 100)

4RoadService.com: 88
NTTS: 77
TruckDown: 85
Find Truck Service: 80

WebPageTest Speed Index (Lower is better)

4RoadService.com: 1,467
NTTS: 3,925
TruckDown: 2,446
Find Truck Service: 1,628

Number of Requests (Measured by WebPageTest, lower is better)

4RoadService.com: 19
NTTS: 72
TruckDown: 43
Find Truck Service: 56

Download Size (Measured by WebPageTest, lower is better)

4RoadService.com: 291 KB
NTTS: 1,109 KB
TruckDown: 1,730 KB
Find Truck Service: 715 KB

Time for complete page load (Measured by WebPageTest, lower is better):

4RoadService.com: 1.367s
NTTS: 5.362s
TruckDown: 8.209s
Find Truck Service: 2.299s

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