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Manchester United leads the way as the fastest Premier League website according to Apica tests


By Gillian West, Social media manager

January 29, 2013 | 2 min read

Despite being the most popular and lucrative football league in the world Premier League football teams were found to be a flop online, according to tests carried out by Apica.

Specialising in web performance and testing, Apica uncovered that Manchester United had the fastest responding website and Everton the slowest (the full results can be seen below).

Of the 20 Premier League clubs tested this month Apica found their sites to be of varying quality, with only nine of the 20 teams website’s fully loading within the acceptable three-second time period.

It turned out that the clubs that are best with the ball are also best on the net: Manchester United recorded a 0.4 second response time. Liverpool came a close second with 0.5 seconds with third place going to Arsenal’s response tome of 1.3 seconds.

Everton, Wigan and West Bromwich Albion all reported response times of over six seconds, with Everton recording the poorest website load time in the Premier League with a response time of 7.3 seconds.

Apica CEO, Sven Hammar, said the results were “surprising”, adding: “Less than three seconds is considered acceptable without risking visitors leaving your web site because it is too slow. These slow response times are damaging to the clubs’ brand, fan loyalty and revenues.”

The English Premier League on the web looks like this:

Manchester United 0.4 seconds

Liverpool 0.5 seconds

Arsenal 1.3 seconds

West Ham 2.0 seconds

Tottenham 2.1 seconds

Aston Villa 2.4 seconds

Fulham 2.6 seconds

Manchester City 2.8 seconds

Chelsea 2.9 seconds

Newcastle 3.7 seconds

Sunderland 3.9 seconds

Swansea 4.7 seconds

Stoke 4.8 seconds

QPR 4.9 seconds

Norwich 5.0 seconds

Reading 5.1 seconds

Southampton 5.1 seconds

WBA 6.2 seconds

Wigan 6.3 seconds

Everton 7.3 seconds

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