Adobe plug-in: getPageLoadTime

Last update: 2023-06-19
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This plug-in is provided by Adobe Consulting as a courtesy to help you get more value out of Adobe Analytics. Adobe Customer Care does not provide support with this plug-in, including installation or troubleshooting. If you require help with this plug-in, contact your organization’s Adobe Account Team. They can arrange a meeting with a consultant for assistance.

The getPageLoadTime plug-in uses the JavaScript performance object to allow you to measure the amount of time a page takes to completely load. Adobe recommends using this plug-in if you want to measure how long pages take to load.

NOTE/WARNING: If you are upgrading this plugin from a previous version, you will most likely need to change the code that calls this function as well. Please check your implementation and test thoroughly before deploying to production

Install the plug-in using the Web SDK or Web SDK extension

This plug-in is not yet supported for use within the Web SDK.

Install the plug-in using the Adobe Analytics extension

Adobe offers an extension that allows you to use most commonly-used plug-ins with Adobe Analytics.

  1. Log in to Adobe Experience Platform Data Collection using your AdobeID credentials.
  2. Click the desired tag property.
  3. Go to the Extensions tab, then click on the Catalog button
  4. Install and publish the Common Analytics Plugins extension
  5. If you haven’t already, create a rule labeled “Initialize Plug-ins” with the following configuration:
    • Condition: None
    • Event: Core – Library Loaded (Page Top)
  6. Add an action to the above rule with the following configuration:
    • Extension: Common Analytics Plugins
    • Action Type: Initialize getPageLoadTime
  7. Save and publish the changes to the rule.

Install the plug-in using custom code editor

If you do not want to use the Common Analytics Plugins plug-in extension, you can use the custom code editor.

  1. Log in to Adobe Experience Platform Data Collection using your AdobeID credentials.
  2. Click on the desired property.
  3. Go to the Extensions tab, then click the Configure button under the Adobe Analytics extension.
  4. Expand the Configure tracking using custom code accordion, which reveals the Open Editor button.
  5. Open the custom code editor and paste the plug-in code provided below into the edit window.
  6. Save and publish the changes to the Analytics extension.

Install the plug-in using AppMeasurement

Copy and paste the following code anywhere in the AppMeasurement file after the Analytics tracking object is instantiated (using s_gi). Preserving comments and version numbers of the code in your implementation helps Adobe with troubleshooting any potential issues.

/******************************************* BEGIN CODE TO DEPLOY *******************************************/
/* Adobe Consulting Plugin: getPageLoadTime v3.0 */
!function(){let e=globalThis.window||this;e.getPageLoadTime=function(t){let i=function(){if(e.s_c_il){for(let t in e.s_c_il)if("s_c"===e.s_c_il[t]._c)return e.s_c_il[t]}}();function n(){var i=performance.timing;i.loadEventEnd>0&&(clearInterval(e.pi),""===e.cookieRead("s_plt")&&e.cookieWrite("s_plt",function e(t,i){if(t>=0&&i>=0)return t-i<6e4&&t-i>=0?parseFloat((t-i)/1e3).toFixed(2):60}(i.loadEventEnd,i.navigationStart)+","+t)),e.ptc=i.loadEventEnd}if(i&&(i.contextData.getPageLoadTime="3.1"),t=t||i&&i.pageName||document.location.href,e.cookieWrite=e.cookieWrite||function(t,i,n){if("string"==typeof t){if(g=function(){var t=e.location.hostname,i=e.location.hostname.split(".").length-1;if(t&&!/^[0-9.]+$/.test(t)){i=2<i?i:2;var n=t.lastIndexOf(".");if(0<=n){for(;0<=n&&1<i;)n=t.lastIndexOf(".",n-1),i--;n=0<n?t.substring(n):t}}return n}(),i=void 0!==i?""+i:"",n||""===i){if(""===i&&(n=-60),"number"==typeof n){var o=new Date;o.setTime(o.getTime()+6e4*n)}else o=n}return!!t&&(document.cookie=encodeURIComponent(t)+"="+encodeURIComponent(i)+"; path=/;"+(n?" expires="+o.toUTCString()+";":"")+(g?" domain="+g+";":""),"undefined"!=typeof cookieRead)&&cookieRead(t)===i}},e.cookieRead=e.cookieRead||function(e){if("string"!=typeof e)return"";e=encodeURIComponent(e);var t=" "+document.cookie,i=t.indexOf(" "+e+"="),n=0>i?i:t.indexOf(";",i);return(e=0>i?"":decodeURIComponent(t.substring(i+2+e.length,0>n?t.length:n)))?e:""},e.p_fo=e.p_fo||function(t){return e.__fo||(e.__fo={}),!e.__fo[t]&&(e.__fo[t]={},!0)},performance&&e.p_fo("performance")){var o=performance;o.clearResourceTimings(),""!==e.cookieRead("s_plt")&&(o.timing.loadEventEnd>0&&clearInterval(e.pi),this._pltLoadTime=e.cookieRead("s_plt").split(",")[0],this._pltPreviousPage=e.cookieRead("s_plt").split(",")[1],e.cookieWrite("s_plt","")),0===o.timing.loadEventEnd?e.pi=setInterval(function(){n()},250):o.timing.loadEventEnd>0&&(e.ptc?e.ptc===o.timing.loadEventEnd&&1===o.getEntries().length&&(e.pwp=setInterval(function(){var i;(i=performance).getEntries().length>0&&(e.ppfe===i.getEntries().length?clearInterval(e.pwp):e.ppfe=i.getEntries().length),""===e.cookieRead("s_plt")&&e.cookieWrite("s_plt",((i.getEntries()[i.getEntries().length-1].responseEnd-i.getEntries()[0].startTime)/1e3).toFixed(2)+","+t)},500)):n())}},e.getPageLoadTime.getVersion=function(){return{plugin:"getPageLoadTime",version:"3.0"}}}();
/******************************************** END CODE TO DEPLOY ********************************************/

Use the plug-in

The getPercentPageViewed function uses the following arguments:

  • pv (optional, string): The dimension to correlate the page load time with. This value should be equal to a value that identifies the page itself. When not set, this argument defaults to the Adobe AppMeasurement pageName variable (i.e. s.pageName) or the URL when s.pageName is not set

Calling this function returns nothing; instead, it sets the following variables:

  • window._pltPreviousPage: The value of the previous page (i.e. what was passed into the pv argument)
  • window._pltLoadTime: The time in seconds that the previous page took to load

The getPageLoadTime plug-in creates one first-party cookie:

  • s_plt: The time, in seconds, that the previous page took to load. Also contains the value of what was passed into the pv argument. Expires at the end of the browser session.


// 1. Run the getPageLoadTime function if the pageName variable is set
// 2. Set prop10 to the load time of the previous page
// 3. Set eVar10 to the name of the previous page
// 4. Set event100 to the load time (in seconds) of the previous page. A numeric event is required to capture this value.
// You can then use event100 in calculated metrics to obtain the average page load time per page.
if(s.pageName) getPageLoadTime();
  s.prop10 = window._pltLoadTime;
  s.eVar10 = window._pltPreviousPage = "event100=" + window._pltLoadTime;

Version History

3.0 (December 6, 2022)

  • Complete rewrite of plugin to make it solution-agnostic. For instance, this is now compatible with the Adobe Experience Platform Web SDK
  • Creates the _pltPreviousPage and _pltLoadTime variables in the window object (rather than in the AppMeasurement s object)
  • Removes the need for the s_pltp cookie - everything is now stored in only the s_plt cookie
  • Includes the getVersion function to help with troubleshooting

2.0.1 (March 26, 2021)

  • Fixed issue where plugin was not correctly setting values on the s object.

2.0 (March 19, 2021)

  • Added version number as context data.

1.0 (May 22, 2018)

  • Initial release.

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