This Week in Website Performance is a weekly feature of the Monitis.com 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 Monitis.com care.
Author: Pam Selle
Author: Tammy Everts
The writer gives a slide deck of a recent talk about what happens when long-held design conventions turn out to be performance liabilities. The target audience here are retailers. Some of the worst practices outlined are web pages that are initially blank and then populate, pages where CTA is the last thing to render, popups that block the rest of the page, and designing and testing in an ivory tower (performance is the responsibility of everyone that touches the page!). Read on for corrective insights on how to make your website performance-centric.
Author: Kevin Muldoon
Installing a cache plugin is one of the best ways to speed up a WordPress website. The writer of this article recently made a switch from W3 Total Cache to WP Rocket and uses the occasion to make a plug. While WP Rocket may not have all the bells and whistles of other caching programs, it just seems to work. Some of the key features that WP Rocket does have going for it are gzip compression, minification and image optimisation, and support for content delivery networks. One of the biggest draws is around page caching; instead of calling data from your database the plugin creates a static HTML version of your page to visitors, which reduces server load and speeds up page delivery considerably.