on 16 February 2012 09:14
Valentine's Day special- Uptrends.com has conducted a research study on the accessibility of online flower shops in the United States.
The study was conducted over a 24 hour period and indicated whether the websites of online flower shops were easily accessible to potential customers. Of the 10 sites surveyed, 7 flower shops scored very well with an availability rate of 100 percent. These include online flower shops such as FTD.com, proflowers.com, teleflora.com, kabloom.com, flower.com, and blue-roses-delivery.com
The 3 other remaining online flower shops received lower scores. The website of 1800flowers.com had a 99.78 percent availability rate. This means that the site was not available for almost 7 minutes. The website fromyouflowers.com, experienced 99.32 percent availability. This means that the website not available for over 21 minutes during the 24 hours period the study was conducted. Flowerdeliveryexpress.com , suffered the highest rate of availability issues of the sites tested. Over the 24 hour period, the website experienced over 3.45 hours of downtime during the busiest time of the year. Flowersdeliveryexpress.com must have suffered considerable damage to their revenue stream due to the fact that their website was not available for such a lengthy time and therefore were unable were not able to receive orders via the website.
Uptrends monitored the front page of the website sites every 5 minutes utilizing 81 worldwide monitoring stations. If a website was not accessible, a different checkpoint attempted to confirm the issue. The periods in which a site was accessible were also registered by Uptrends as uptime. The periods when the errors were confirmed, were recorded as downtime. The research only indicated the accessibility of the front page and did not account for website maintenance.