This Week in Website Performance

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

Reducing HTTP Requests With jQuery Mobile

Author: Adam Bradley.

Reducing HTTP requests is one of the best strategies to improve website performance, especially when you are considering browsers on high-latency mobile networks. There are many ways to reduce the number of queries, and this article covers how the jQuery mobile framework takes this into consideration. A balanced approach is advised, considering weight and download time of the larger multi-page site versus individual pages.

How to Optimize Joomla to Improve Site Performance

Author: SiteGround.

Joomla is a relevant and well utililised Content Management System (CMS). Like many other similar platforms, it is optimised to handle the general usage situations adequately, and is not tuned to a specific use. Adding on themes and extensions can further reduce performance. This article covers how to keep your site operating efficiently with tips like staying upgraded, enabling caching and compression, and other tips that should apply to most cases.

Improve The Performance Of Your WP Theme With These Simple Tips


WordPress is a well deployed Content Management System (CMS) and blogging platform that is easily customisable with themes. Your chosen theme (or template) can be tweaked to improve performance. This short article briefly covers a few of the more relevant tips.

On Mobile, Data URIs are 6x Slower than Source Linking

Author: CatchPoint.

An often-touted strategy to reduce HTTP calls is to stream binary data in HTML by way of data URIs, which encodes data directly into the HTML document. While this seems like a great technique, tests show that in many cases performance is actually slower this way. This lengthy and informative article has loads of good info and references, with conclusions drawn that it is often better to use cacheable sprites to reduce images, reserving URIs only for the smallest graphics on a site.

Absolute Beginner’s Guide to WordPress Optimization

Author: James Foster.

It seems like every week there is a new beginner’s guide to optimising WordPress. This tells me there must be a lot of users figuring this out, and it is therefore useful to repeat. This beginner’s guide is another decent covering of the basics. Be sure to capture performance metrics before and after with Monitis’ excellent product.

Hadoop and S3: 6 Tips for Top Performance

Author: Doug Daniels.

Those of you playing with big data sets are likely to consider using Hadoop and Amazon’s S3 service. It works for Netflix, and might be the right choice for you as well. There are several ways to ensure that you get maximum performance out of this setup. As well as generally describing how these 2 services work together, this article provides 6 tips which will help you avoid potential slowdowns and keep you running fast.

A guide to analyzing Python performance

Author: Huy Nguyen.

Python is a popular dynamic language often used for scripting. If you are using this powerful language as part of your site, there are some handy tools to help you ensure it is performing well. This excellent article covers a variety of analysis tools to look into timing and memory use in order to find problem and areas of potential improvement.

Web performance for the future

Author: Steve Souders.

This short article doesn’t have the specific tips you can take to your site to make performance changes. It is however a nice writeup of how to approach maintaining good performance through the life of your product by appropriate structuring the team(s) developing and supporting it.