This Week in Website Performance

This Week in Website Performance is a weekly feature of the blog. It summarizes recent articles about website performance. Why? Because your friends at care.

Top 8 Application Performance Landmines

Author: Andreas Grabner.

Websites often fail to hit performance targets due to very common reasons. As sites are developed and content and features added, performance can slowly degrade. Andreas Grabner has been writing performance articles for years. This article covers 8 of the most common issues. From front end bloat to poorly performing CDN and networking to problems with cloud and database setup, this article describes how to recognize and correct them. Considering these problems and patterns come up time and time again for many sites, this article is worth a look.

Top 5 ways to improve WordPress under load


With a claimed 63+ million sites running wordpress, there is a good chance you may have one under your control. There are many ways to optimize general performance, and this article delivers some performance tips tuned to wordpress in particular. These 5 tips are a great starting point to optimizing your site prior to releasing that killer post driving in a spike of visitors.

3 tips to avoid a sudden drop in Web traffic

Author: David Mercer.

A key indicator in performance is how busy your site is. If traffic drops off suddenly, you don’t necessarily have a performance problem, but there may be something wrong with the site that does indirectly reduce performance in terms of incoming traffic. There are a few problems that can suddenly and dramatically reduce organic search traffic from Google, which is a major traffic source for many sites. If you are responsible for a site that has a significant portion of traffic from Google searches, check out this article to correct or avoid a few common potential pitfalls.

Tools and tips to check Joomla! site speed and improve performance

Author: Arvin Chauhan.

Joomla is a popular Content Management System (CMS) used by many to bring their content online easily and quickly. A great many templates and extensions are available to customize a site. These additional features – while improving the look and feel of a site – can have a significant negative impact on performance. The best advice is to keep site performance in mind from the beginning, and do not load the site heavily with extra code. If the site is already live and sluggish, the site should be monitored by Monitis as a first step. Before those results steer you in the direction of high performance, this article has a few tips on places to examine to reduce bloat and speed things up.

Scaling Pinterest – From 0 To 10s Of Billions Of Page Views A Month In Two Years

Author: Todd Hoff.

You have no doubt given some thought you your site performance path. How do you deliver what you do now, how was it delivered, and how will it be delivered when traffic increases beyond your expectations? Pinterest has gone from 0 to 10s of billions of page views a month in two years, from 2 founders and one engineer to over 40 engineers, from one little MySQL server to 180 Web Engines, 240 API Engines, 88 MySQL DBs (cc2.8xlarge) + 1 slave each, 110 Redis Instances, and 200 Memcache Instances. That’s amazing growth, and the steps they took are detailed in this article. You may find some inspiration for the next step you need to take.

Performance benchmark of popular PHP frameworks

Author: Lukasz Kujawa.

If your site is heavily dependent on a PHP framework, you might give some thought as to which framework performs the best. In this article 13 PHP frameworks are put through their paces to rank them against each other in terms of how many requests per second they handle.

Performance Checklist for the Mobile Web

Author: Colt McAnlis.

This 53 minute video from HTML5DevConf supplies a “programmer’s checklist” for building HTML5 apps transitioning to the mobile platform. While performance usually is tracked by hard data of various timings, Colt speaks to the effect of user experience on perceived speed, which can make an important difference.

Responsive != Mobile: Ditching Assumptions

Author: Niels Matthijs.

Designing to the mobile user – with their myriad of screen sizes and connectivity – is undertaken with a number of beliefs and principles that are developed as rapidly as the landscape changes. Underlying incorrect assumptions can lead to bad decisions. When we set out to code high performing mobile friendly sites in the name of responsive design, we sometimes make the mistake that responsiveness equals mobile. This article highlights the discrepancy between what we are trying to achieve and the results we actually get. Read on for motivation to apply the mobile performance gains to the desktop served version of your sites.

2 advanced techniques to dramatically increase the performance of your responsive website

Author: Peter McLachlan.

When responsive sites are designed, performance is sometimes sacrificed for the sake of providing tools to accommodate the plethora of user access environments. This article delves into 2 areas to address poorly performing responsive sites – reducing code, and serving the right image to the right screen.