Key concepts and terms

mPulse and industry-shared terms you'll want to understand.

Akamai Control Center
The integrated, browser-based interface for Akamai's products, services, and platform. The Control Center delivers intelligent tools for site and stream management, diagnostics, and collaboration to help businesses thrive in the hyperconnected world. Accessible via web, mobile, and API, the Control Center makes it easy for businesses to configure their Akamai services, monitor performance, analyze traffic, and resolve end-user issues in real time, from any device, anywhere.
API key
An auto-generated value that uniquely identifies your site's data (beacons), making it possible for you to analyze different parts of your website independently.
app
The mPulse configuration used to get performance data from your website or native application into mPulse for data analysis.
beacon
An invisible network request (HTTP or HTTPS) that contains a mass of performance data and other page-load characteristics. All of this factual information is sitting in the beacon as either HTTP headers or as part of the request’s query string. In the web performance community, a beacon is commonly called RUM or real user measurement data.
boomerang
An open-source JavaScript library that measures the page load and other performance characteristics experienced by users. mPulse is built on boomerang.js (open source JavaScript code) to measure the performance of your site from a visitor's perspective.
config.js
The JavaScript file that contains all of the items in your mPulse app configuration (for example, API key, domain name, page group rules, custom timers and metrics), and determines what information about your visitors' experience is sent to the mPulse beacon logs.
custom dimension
In mPulse, any non-performance data about your visitors that help to categorize page views into useful segments for analysis.
custom metric
In mPulse, any measurable user-defined, value that refers to a business goal, or key performance indicator (KPI) such as revenue, conversion, order per minute or order count.
custom timer
In mPulse, any measurable user-defined, value in a web page such as page load, back-end time or front-end time.
domain name
The fully qualified domain name (FQDN) used to identify the server (domain) hosting your site or service, for example, example.com or example.edgesuite.net.
mPulse
Akamai's real user measurement solution that maps user behavior to business performance as it's happening.
mPulse behavior
A property configuration behavior in Property Manager that lets you enable mPulse on your website.
mPulse collector
A server that collects, processes, and stores mPulse beacons, and then sends performance data back to the mPulse dashboards for analysis. If Akamai delivers your web traffic, an edge server performs these tasks.
mPulse snippet
JavaScript code that defines the mPulse inline frame (iFrame) and starts the retrieval and loading of the boomerang code.
multivariate test
A test (commonly called an A/B test) that lets you track multiple versions of a web page, server names, data centers, or any item that's not directly related to performance and does not require a custom timer or a custom metric.
onload event
A browser event that's triggered when a page on your site fully loads all of the content on the page.
onunload event
A browser event that's triggered when a visitor leaves a page on your site, for example, they click a link or close their browser.
page group
A collection of URLs that represent a single logical web page such as search results, log in, and account summary.
permissions
Permissions (for example, read, write, and delete) can be applied to any object or folder, within mPulse, that you own such as deleting an app.
privileges
mPulse has standard administrative roles (privileges) that can extend the management of certain functionality to both business and technical staff. These privileges include:
  • Tenant administrator can create, edit, and delete tenants
  • App Administrator can create, edit, and delete apps and assign user privileges
  • User administrator can create, edit, and delete user accounts
Property Manager
Property Manager lets you determine how you want our edge servers to handle and process requests, responses, and objects served over the Akamai platform.
real user measurement (RUM)
A method of collecting data directly from your a user's browser and device as they interact with your site or mobile application.
tag manager
A management service that embeds a single JavaScript file into a web page's HTML.
tenant
A segregated area within an mPulse environment. You can think of it as a domain on a network. Tenants are not aware of each other.

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