Although the contents of a site ideally appear in browsers in just a few seconds, this is the result of a complex process that has several distinct steps.  

You can find information about each of those steps if you click on the Performance tab after selecting a URL in our application.

The Request is the third part of the process that leads to your website’s appearance in your visitor’s browser.

It happens right after the DNS lookup and Connecting to the database.

During this phase, the visitor's browser sends a request to the server of your site using the HTTP protocol. This message contains the address the visitor is trying to reach and specifies what kind of data is needed to display your content.

If you’d like to know how much time it took for your server to receive this message during our measurements, just turn off every element except Request on the Performance tab.

You can find additional information about the steps that are needed to display your content in this post.