The Week in Website Performance News

This Week in Website Performance is a weekly feature of the blog. It summarizes recent articles about website performance. How to make your web site better, how to improve your users experience when they come to your website and how to optimize the overall experience. Why? Because your friends at care.


Our Favorite Linux Performance Monitoring Tools

Author: Joe Heung

A short, helpful piece that provides a quick summary snapshot of the top 5 tools this bloggers uses for monitoring and troubleshooting system and applications in the Linux environment.


Stop the presses: Has the average web page actually gotten SMALLER?

Author: Tammy Everts

This article builds off of the latest finding from the HTTP Archive, which shows that the average top 1,000 web page is 1491 KB in size, 5% smaller than it was six months ago, when the average page reached a record size of 1575 KB. The writer in fact believes this 5% decrease is an isolated incident that will be ultimately overshadowed by the general tendency towards increased use of images and customized fonts – factors that lead to slower overall website performance.


Give Your WordPress Site A Security And Performance Boost With CloudFlare

Author: Charles Knowles

If you haven’t considered using the CloudFlare CDN platform for enhanced website performance, then this article is a must read. CloudFare  is a content delivery network and distributed domain name server service that is quick and easy to setup. The main advantage of CloudFare is that it operates at the DNS level, which means that you route all traffic through its nameservers and it analyzes each request; this in turn leads to increased security. Many hosting providers make CloudFare available on CPanel, but if not it can be downloaded directly from the CloudFare website.  A CloudFare WordPress plugin is also available to help ensure your WordPress blog is running optimally on the CloudFlare platform.


There are more mobile-optimized sites than ever. So why are mobile pages getting bigger?

Author: Tammy Everts

This eye-opening piece is straightforward in its premise: over the last 3 years page size, images, third-party scripts, and style sheets on websites have gotten bigger and while the intent is to improve the user experience on desktop based sites, these features are making it increasingly difficult for mobile users. Over 50% of all time consumers spend on retails site is on mobile devices, and more than 50% of consumers multiscreen during the purchasing process. Optimizing the user experience on mobile devices therefore should be a key priority to ensure your site offers a fast and consistent performance.